Yankees’ Anthony Rizzo not concerned by lat injury

New York Yankees first baseman Anthony Rizzo is dealing with a lat injury, but he seems unconcerned with the notion it will be lingering issue.

Rizzo was a late scratch from the starting lineup just before Friday’s home Spring Training game against the New York Mets, detailing some tightness in his lat.

The 34-year-old will not undergo imaging testing for the injury, and he furthered the thought that this is more of a precautionary decision.

“Honestly, it’s just being smart,” said Rizzo on Friday. “It’s not putting yourself in a position to have to be hurt on Opening Day or whatnot. Still got a week.”

Non-roster invite Luis Torrens got the start Friday against the Mets in Rizzo’s place.

Ready for Opening Day

Rizzo has been enjoying a strong spring. Coming off a season that was truly a tale of two halves, Rizzo is slashing .412/.512./1.188 in 34 at bats. He’s also added two home runs and nine RBI to go along with three doubles.

As for being ready for Opening Day against the Houston Astros, Rizzo echoed confidence he will be in the lineup. He even expects to get another Spring Training game in before the regular season arrives.

“Fully confident that I’ll be there on Opening Day. As far as playing-wise, maybe Sunday, hopefully Monday. But if not, at this point, I’ll be ready to go. It won’t be an issue for Opening Day, that’s for sure.”

Rizzo will be a massive part of the Yankees lineup as the clean-up hitter from the left side. Making sure he’s right will be vital to the Bombers improving on a disaster of an offensive season in 2023.

Source : ESPN.com

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