Yankees' Anthony Rizzo tests positive for COVID-19

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By , Audacy

Just as the New York Yankees seem to be turning a corner, the team has been struck by COVID yet again.

Newly acquired first baseman Anthony Rizzo tested positive for COVID-19 following Saturday’s game and was placed on the COVID-IL, manager Aaron Boone announced on Sunday.

Rizzo is the fourth Yankees player to test positive this week, joining Gerrit Cole, Jordan Montgomery and Gary Sanchez.

The left-handed hitting slugger, who also turned 32 on Sunday, has been a sparkplug for the Bombers since the Cubs traded him to New York at the trade deadline last week.

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In nine games with the Yankees, Rizzo has hit a slash line of .281/.400/.963 with three home runs, six RBI and eight runs scored.

The Yankees are have gone 8-1 since Rizzo joined the team.

Rizzo revealed back in June that he had not gotten vaccinated and was “taking some more time to see the data,” but Boone would not say whether or not if Rizzo has been vaccinated since then.

Boone did disclose that Rizzo was experiencing some mild symptoms.

The Yankees activated Luke Voit, whom they were looking to trade after acquiring Rizzo, prior to the game. It is likely Voit will fill in for Rizzo until he returns from the COVID IL.

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