Anthony Rizzo back in lineup after four-game absence – The Denver Post


BOSTON — Anthony Rizzo was back in the lineup Saturday night after missing four games with back spasms. The first baseman had been optimistic about a return this weekend and Yankees manager Aaron Boone was pretty confident that he would be able to play after testing it thoroughly Friday.

Boone said they are not worried about this going forward.

“I feel like he’s through with it. I feel like it’s one of those things that just kind of went out on him and he’s dealt with it,” Boone said before Saturday night’s game against the Red Sox at Fenway Park. “He described it as something that kind of happens like once a year, he’s like, it usually takes one to three days to kind of get through it. He’s kind of making steady improvements each day. So certainly feel comfortable with him in there.”

Rizzo had a history of back issues dating back to his time with the Cubs.

The 32-year-old has been an integral part of the Yankees success this season. Rizzo is slashing .223/.336/.507 with an .844 OPS. He is one of three Yankees sluggers with at least 20 homers. He has clubbed 22 in 77 games this season and driven in 52 runs this year.


Matt Carpenter was back in left field Saturday night with Joey Gallo on the bench. The veteran infielder made his second straight start there after having not played in left since 2012.

It’s a way to keep his hot bat in the lineup.

“He’s certainly earned more opportunities. Love the days that I have over there on the bench as a weapon, to shoot in a big spot off the bench as well ‚but glad at this point in the season that we’ve gotten a few reps now in the  outfield and at least hopefully that will be an option,” Boone said. “I still don’t see him out there every day well, but to be able to do that in a pinch here and there to keep  him sharp and give him at-bats, especially when he’s swinging it well. We’ll continue to look for those opportunities.”

Carpenter was fine in left Field at Fenway, playing balls off the Green Monster. Because of the size of  left field at Yankee Stadium, Boone said he would probably use him at right-field.

Carpenter is  .305/.406/.814 with nine homers and 20 RBI in 24 games with the Yankees this season.


After being named a starter on Friday, Giancarlo Stanton said that he is likely going to be in the Home Run Derby. That would get Aaron Boone to watch — and not out of concern for his slugger.

“If he wants to, go get ‘em,” Boone said. “It’ll give me a reason to tune in. He’s about as fun to watch as there is when he gets going. We don’t get it a lot, because he’s working on things in BP but when he really goes in there and says I’m gonna step on it, that’s something to see. If he wants to do it and he’s on board, he knows himself really well. Yeah, I’ll support that. It will give me something to look forward to.”

Some hitters have been concerned that the Home Run Derby messes up their swings in the second half of the season.

Stanton, who is excited about playing in the game in his native Southern California, won the 2016 Home Run Derby in San Diego with an incredible display of power.


Domingo German (right shoulder impingement syndrome) pitched four scoreless, one-hit innings in his rehab Saturday with Triple-A Scranton against the Red Sox Triple-A affiliate in Worcester. The right hander struck out four, did not walk a batter and hit one. He threw 53 pitches, 34 for strikes.

A scout who was there said the fastball velocity was lower than he expected, sitting between 91-92 miles an hour and touching 95.

Boone said that the Yankees will discuss German’s next move.

“We’ll make that call on potentially whether we did bring him up or we’re having one more,” Boone said. “We’re going to have those conversations here within the next 24 to 48 hours. I’ll look at it. So we’ll get into that later.”

German began the season on the injured list with the issue. He could be a big part of the Yankees bullpen, but also help them managing the workloads of Luis Severino and Nestor Cortes.


Jonathan Loaisiga (right shoulder inflammation) was scheduled to make his first minor league rehab appearance on Saturday with Class-A Tampa. Loaisiga has been on the IL since May 25.

The right-handed reliever will return to New York and meet the Yankees there. He is expected to get a second rehab appearance on Tuesday with Scranton.



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