The biggest jolt of production the Yankees landed at the trade deadline has hit the COVID-19 injured list.
Anthony Rizzo became the fourth Yankee to test positive for COVID-19 in the past week, joining Gerrit Cole, Jordan Montgomery and Gary Sanchez.
The 32-year-old first baseman, who learned of the positive result back after Saturday’s win in The Bronx, is feeling some symptoms but is doing “alright,” according to manager Aaron Boone.
Rizzo in June said he had not received the vaccine because he was waiting on more data. Boone declined to say whether Rizzo has been jabbed.
“He’s obviously been terrific for us in every way,” Boone said. “Obviously a little bummed out, but hopefully a chance to get rested up and well and be back hopefully sooner rather than later and back to impacting us.”
In nine games with the Yankees since coming over from the Cubs, Rizzo was batting .281 (9-for-32) with three home runs and an RBI in each of his first six games.
The Yankees activated Luke Voit (knee) off the injured list to take Rizzo’s spot on the roster.
Voit, who had lost his first base job while on the IL with the Yankees trading for Rizzo, was in the starting lineup for the series finale against the Mariners.
Voit had gone on the 10-day IL — his third stint of the year — coming out of the All-Star break.
“Really excited to see Luke Voit back here today,” Boone said. “He’s here ready to go. Obviously we know how impactful Luke can be. Looking forward to seeing him in the middle of our lineup today.”
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