The New York Yankees continue to be plagued by injuries to their top players, this time affecting slugger Anthony Rizzo. Rizzo has been dealing with back injuries all throughout the season, and he will now spend time on the Injury List. This comes at a terrible time for both the Yankees and Rizzo, who need to capitalize on the few remaining games of the season.
Anthony Rizzo has been one of the best offensive weapons on the Yankees, when healthy that is. He has played 117 games for the New York Yankees in 2022 and has recorded 30 home runs and a .225 batting average. Missing time right before the playoffs is not ideal, as this injury could easily hamper his play in October.
Lindsey Adler of The Athletic was the first to report this lineup move, via Twitter.
This is just about the last thing Yankees fans wanted to hear. Many expected that Rizzo would be making his return to the lineup soon, not missing an even longer period of time.
Back injuries are notiriously difficult to recover from, and can affect a player for a long time.
This has become a common occurrence for Yankees fans, who hoped these injury concerns were finally in the past.
The New York Yankees dealt with their fair share of injuries in the second half of their season, and their record reflects that. With Giancarlo Stanton, DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Hicks all having missed time this year, the Yankees are shorthanded.
With only one month left in the regular season, the Yankees are running out of time to return to form. There was a time when they were the most feared team in the MLB. Now they are a shell of their former selves. The Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros, among others, have surged ahead of them in the standings.
If Anthony Rizzo is not healthy for the start of the postseason, the Yankees are in trouble.
With the playoffs fast approaching, this injury was the last thing the Yankees needed.
New York Yankees need to find a way to win despite missing Anthony Rizzo
Anthony Rizzo is a core offensive player that the Yankees will need to replace in the aggregate. It will likely require multiple players to step up big time.
If the Yankees are the team they believe they are, this is a loss that can be overcome. Otherwise, they will continue their slump and risk losing the American League East crown they have held all season.