Yankees injury update: Anthony Rizzo nears return after concussion

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The New York Yankees‘ first baseman Anthony Rizzo is keeping hope alive for his return to the diamond this season, following a concussion that sidelined him for weeks. The three-time All-Star’s potential comeback is generating excitement and discussion among fans and sports pundits alike.

Rizzo’s journey back to the field began after a fateful collision with Padres’ star Fernando Tatis Jr. on May 28th. The impact resulted in Rizzo’s placement on the injured list due to post-concussion syndrome. However, recent developments suggest a glimmer of hope for the player’s swift recovery.

Anthony Rizzo’s progress could lead to imminent comeback to the pitch

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Having spent the past two weeks in recovery, Rizzo’s progress has been marked by a noteworthy resurgence. He has resumed his batting practice, demonstrating improved focus, reaction times, and mental clarity. Addressing to the media before the game against rivals the Boston Red Sox, Rizzo stated, “The signs are pointing towards quicker, sharper reactions, akin to normalcy.”

Rizzo’s determination and resilience were evident even during his initial struggle with the concussion. Despite the injury, he soldiered on and played in 46 games, albeit with performance setbacks, until he was placed on the injured list on August 1st. His grit and dedication to the sport have earned him the respect of teammates and fans alike.

While the exact timeline for Rizzo’s return remains uncertain, the New York Yankees have 40 games left in the current season as of Friday. Rizzo, however, urged caution and patience, emphasizing that he is following medical advice. “I’m hopeful for a comeback in the next few weeks. It’s a day-by-day, week-by-week process. If time runs out, so be it. I’m trusting the experts on this.”

Anthony Rizzo strikes out in the fourth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium, Monday, July 3, 2023, in Bronx, NY. (Corey Sipkin for the NY POST Photo/Corey Sipkin) New York Yankees vs. Baltimore Orioles
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For Rizzo, the allure of the game is undeniable, and he’s unwavering in his determination to rejoin his teammates on the field. “As a baseball player, my focus is on playing the game. Sitting on the sidelines isn’t an option,” Rizzo asserted. His desire to contribute to the team’s success is evident, with his eyes firmly set on a triumphant return.

Yankees Anthony Rizzo celebrates after a home run vs. the Royals at Yankee Stadium on July 23, 2023.
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As the 34-year-old slugger eyes a potential comeback this season, his steadfast resolve serves as an inspiration. Contracted for the next season at a notable $17 million, Rizzo is motivated not only by his passion for the sport but also by the finite nature of his professional playing career. “Getting back out there is the ultimate goal,” Rizzo affirmed, underlining his commitment to pushing through challenges and making the most of every opportunity.

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