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Yankees’ Anthony Rizzo out of lineup again due to balky back

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Despite hitting homers every of the earlier two nights, Anthony Rizzo was out of the lineup on Wednesday, nonetheless coping with the lower-back tightness that has plagued him since early August, when he missed 5 straight video games.

“Just dealing with the back stuff still,” Aaron Boone stated earlier than the Yankees’ 3-2 loss to the Angels. “He got good results the last couple days, but it’s definitely something that’s weighing him down a little bit… It’s definitely in there and still bothering him.”

Boone stated the primary baseman is “dealing with some pain in there” and isn’t ready to do the “level of exercises he usually does to prepare himself to play every day.”

But Boone added he’s not particularly involved.

“I think we have a good plan in place moving forward to get it corrected, but we’ve got to get there,” the supervisor stated.

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Rizzo might get consecutive days off sooner or later, however he’s not in peril of an IL stint at this level.

He’s hit the 30 house run mark for the sixth time of his career — and is simply two brief of his career-high of 32, which Rizzo has accomplished thrice.

Despite the great energy numbers, Rizzo entered Wednesday hitting simply .225, his lowest in a wholesome season since 2013 — outdoors of the COVID-shortened 2020 season.

Before homering in back-to-back video games, Rizzo had homered simply as soon as in his earlier 17 video games and gone 12-for-64 (.188) with simply 5 walks and 23 strikeouts.


The Yankees ought to have a greater concept quickly of what their rotation goes to appear like down the stretch.

Jameson Taillon is predicted to play catch in Tampa on the crew’s off day Thursday to see if he’ll have the ability to make his subsequent begin after struggling a proper forearm contusion when he took a line drive off his arm Tuesday.

Luis Severino is scheduled to make his first rehab begin on Friday with Low-A Tampa since happening the IL with a strained lat.

And Nestor Cortes, on the IL with a strained groin, threw a 35-pitch bullpen session and did some agility drills earlier than Wednesday’s recreation at Angel Stadium and stated he had no points with the damage.

“I didn’t feel anything,’’ Cortes said. “I’m at full strength.”


Right-hander Tyler Duffey was added to the record of this week’s minor league pitching signings the Yankees made this week after the 31-year-old right-hander opted out of a minor league cope with the Rangers.

Duffey pitched eight seasons with the Twins earlier than being launched in early August.

He was very efficient in Minnesota from 2018-20 and was additionally stable with the Twins a year in the past, however had a WHIP of 1.364 in 40 appearances this season.

Since Duffey agreed to a deal earlier than September, he can be eligible to pitch for the Yankees within the postseason- as would Jacob Barnes, who the Yankees signed to a minor league deal on Tuesday.


The Yankees have bought a minority stake (10 p.c) in Italian soccer champion AC Milan, which introduced the closing of its newest possession change Wednesday.

RedBird Capital Partners accomplished the deal to buy a controlling curiosity within the seven-time European champion for 1.2 billion euros ($1.2 billion).

It’s the second soccer crew the Yankees partially personal after NYCFC.

— With AP

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