Yankees injury news: Rizzo and Donaldson inch near to comeback

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New York Yankees fans finally have something to cheer about during a season filled with injuries. Two important players, Anthony Rizzo and Josh Donaldson, might be getting ready to come back and play soon.

Anthony Rizzo’s comeback from concussion

Anthony Rizzo, the Yankees' player
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In a promising development, Anthony Rizzo, who had been grappling with a concussion, was spotted showcasing his remarkable prowess by belting home runs during a batting practice session at the iconic Yankee Stadium on Thursday. Rizzo’s demeanor exuded optimism as he revealed his contentment with the headway he’s made in his recovery from post-concussion syndrome. All signs point to his triumphant return to the field before the culmination of the season. However, the Yankees are prudently monitoring his recuperation on a week-to-week basis.

Regrettably, the seasoned 34-year-old southpaw slugger has remained sidelined since the onset of August, creating an eagerly awaited comeback expected to transpire sometime in September. The specific timeline remains uncertain, with contemplation regarding the necessity of a stint in minor-league rehabilitation games before his full-fledged return.

Prior to his unfortunate head injury, the distinguished three-time All-Star had compiled an impressive record for the year, achieving a batting average of .244, an on-base percentage of .328, and a slugging percentage of .378. These figures were accompanied by a notable tally of 12 home runs, 14 doubles, 41 runs batted in, and 45 runs scored across 99 games played.

In Rizzo’s absence, the capable hands of DJ LeMahieu have taken on the responsibilities at first base, earning the lion’s share of playing time while Rizzo focuses on his recovery journey. As the baseball season progresses, the Yankees and their fans eagerly await Rizzo’s return, hoping to witness his signature performances once again gracing the diamond.

Josh Donaldson nears to rehab

New York Yankees third baseman Josh Donaldson left Wednesday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies with a hamstring injury.
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In a recent update, New York Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone revealed that Yankees’ third baseman Josh Donaldson is on the verge of beginning a rehab assignment after being sidelined due to a severe right calf strain.

Having been out of action since mid-July due to the calf injury, Donaldson’s absence has been felt by the Yankees. The injury significantly impacted the team’s offensive capabilities, and his impending return could provide a much-needed boost as the 2023 baseball season nears its conclusion.

According to reports, Donaldson has been diligently engaging in all baseball-related activities as part of his recovery process.

If all goes according to plan during his minor-league rehab stint, Donaldson could potentially make his comeback from the 60-day injured list around mid-September.

As the seasoned player approaches, Donaldson is set to become a free agent soon, there might be some strategic decisions involved in his reintegration into the team.

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