Yankees get more tough injury news at worst possible time

Yankees first baseman Anthony Rizzo. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)
Yankees first baseman Anthony Rizzo. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Yankees injury woes just got worse with first baseman Anthony Rizzo heading to the injured list at the worst possible moment.

New York was riding high in the first half of the season but they’ve come crashing back to earth since the All-Star Break.

The Yankees have a losing record in the second half, going 17-26. It won’t be any easier to get things back on track thanks to an injury bug that just won’t slow down.

On Tuesday, manager Aaron Boone revealed first baseman Anthony Rizzo will have to go on the injured list, per Linsey Adler of The Athletic.

Anthony Rizzo update: Yankees first baseman to IL with headaches

Rizzo has dealt with a back issue this season but that’s not what’s sending him to the IR this time.

Boone explained to reporters that the first baseman is dealing with headaches and is under doctor’s orders to rest.

In some ways, it would be better if Rizzo had a more straightforward issue. It’s hard to say how long these headaches could keep him out of commission.

Ex-Rangers first baseman Ronald Guzman will be activated from the minors on Wednesday as the Yankees work to replace Rizzo.

Yankees IL has gotten out of hand

Rizzo has plenty of company on the IR. Too much company if you ask the Yankees.

  • Albert Abreu — 17 days
  • Harrison Bader (foot) — 72
  • Andrew Benintendi (wrist) — 4
  • Zack Britton (elbow) — 156
  • Matt Carpenter (foot) — 29
  • Miguel Castro (shoulder) — 53
  • Aroldis Chapman (leg) — 11
  • Nestor Cortes (groin) — 13
  • Scott Effross (shoulder) — 16
  • Luis Gil (elbow) — 10
  • Chad Green (elbow) — 109
  • Michael King (elbow) — 46
  • Stephen Ridings (shoulder) — 156
  • Anthony Rizzo (headaches) — 1
  • Luis Severino (back) — 55

The list of players who are unable to suit up for NY right now is pretty frustrating and it’s surely contributing to what has been a tough stretch for the team. Aaron Judge has put up ridiculous and potentially historic numbers but the team hasn’t converted those into victories.

After going 10-18 in August, Boone and company are hoping for a much more productive September.

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