Anthony Rizzo has returned to Yankees after a headache


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Anthony Rizzo was able to return to the Stadium on Saturday without suffering from the headaches that had sidelined him for the previous few days.

The Yankees’ starting first baseman hasn’t played since August 30. At first, he wasn’t able to play because of problems with his lower back. He’s been having headaches lately, which might be because he got an epidural shot when the Yankees were on the West Coast earlier this month. After the Yankees got back from their trip, the headaches began.

He had a blood patch [Friday], which I think so far it’s been deemed really successful. He sounds great, which is good, Aaron Boone said before Saturday’s game against the Rays. Immediately, they had him moving around and walking and I think it freed him up right away.

The headaches are gone so far. So he’s gonna be in [Saturday], hanging out all day, not doing much. And then if he [is] still in this position [Sunday], we’ll start ramping him up. But he’s really excited about how good he feels.

When asked if Rizzo might play at some point on the Yankees’ upcoming road trip to Boston and Milwaukee, Boone said, “We’ll see. He has been sleeping for some time now. So it may be possible to go on the trip in the end. But a lot will depend on how things go during the buildup. We should have finished what we had to do by now, so we can start putting together that process. Then we’ll just see how he does and how long it takes him to get going.”

Boone also mentioned that versatile rookie Oswaldo Cabrera has been impressing infield coach Travis Chapman enough in recent workouts to be considered as a possibility to play first base.

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