Anthony Rizzo scratches with back tightness against Cardinals

Anthony Rizzo suffered a concussion from a lower back tightness ahead of Friday night’s game in St. Louis.

He was in the initial starting lineup against the Cardinals.

It is the second time in a month that the first baseman has dealt with the issue, as he was dropped from the lineup at Pittsburgh and it caused Rizzo to miss four games, which he said was a backlash almost every year. There was the issue of convulsions. ,

He has recently played four straight games and is second at the Yankees with 27 homers, trailing only Aaron Judge.

Anthony Rizzo got a scratch on Friday against the Cardinals.
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After the first half to judge for the record book, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said he had seen opposing teams pitch the slugger differently.

How the judges handle who will play a part in the success of that and the Yankee offense stretch is below.

Judge entered the game on Friday night with seven walks from his last four games against the Cardinals in St. Louis, as he tries to be patient at the plate while teams try not to be beaten by him.

Aaron Judge
Aaron Judge

“He gets to stand around something,” Boone said. “We’ve seen that lately, teams are pitching clearly around him. He’s done a really good job with the best batsmen.”

And as Boone put it: “Ultimately, they have to pitch the guys. We have a pretty strong lineup.”

Frankie Montas is set to join the Yankees on Saturday before making his debut with the team on Sunday. The right-handed player is on the mourning list following the death of his mother-in-law. Boone said Montas was able to throw a bullpen session at his home in Arizona, so he would be ready to go.

Boone said he spoke with Jack Britton’s rehabilitation after the lefty reliever threw live batting practice on Thursday.

“He’s really excited,” Boone said of the Briton, who has been out since elbow surgery last year. “His sinker looked good. I think the biggest thing is that he felt great the next day.”

The Briton is scheduled to throw a bullpen session this weekend before another live batting practice in the middle of next week.

The Yankees continue to hold off on putting a timeline on his return.

,[The rehab] Every step has gone well,'” Boone said. “He’s been really encouraged … but we don’t want to expect anything. We’ll see if that factors into us.”

The Yankees claimed right-hander Luke Byrd, who was named for the assignment by the Reese on Tuesday. He was selected to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, where he would serve as bullpen depth.

The bullpen was the focus of the trade deadline for the Yankees, who had picked Lou Trivino from the Athletics and Scott Efros from the Cubs to help make up for the loss of Chad Green and Michael King for elbow surgery.

Byrd, 31, took a restraint for Tampa Bay, but remained dominant.

In eight relief appearances, Byrd allowed three earned runs in 14 innings with a WHIP of 1.00.

Luke Barde
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Ray closed the bard to open a roster spot for Garrett Clevinger, after the left-hander got him on the deadline.

He spent the first three years of his career with the Angels.

Right-hander Carlos Espinal, called up from the SWB on Tuesday after moves on the trade deadline, was sent straight into Triple-A on Friday.

Derek Dietrich, a veteran infielder who played in the SWB, was suspended without pay for 50 games by MLB for testing positive for a banned stimulant. Dietrich last appeared in the Major with Rangers in 2020.

In 220 plate appearances this season split between SWB and Double-A Somerset, the 33-year-old has .850 OPS.

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