The Yankees had been rained out at this time however will place first baseman Anthony Rizzo on the 10-day injured checklist previous to tomorrow’s doubleheader, per Lindsey Adler of The Athletic, relaying phrase from supervisor Aaron Boone. Fellow first baseman Ronald Guzmán may have his contract chosen in a corresponding transfer. Marly Rivera of ESPN first famous that Guzmán was within the Yankee clubhouse. Guzmán just isn’t at present on the 40-man roster, which means a corresponding transfer of some type might be required to open a spot for him there.
The 27-year-old Guzmán spent his total profession with the Rangers till this yr. From 2018 to 2021, he bought into 243 video games, hitting 31 residence runs in that point however hanging out usually and producing poor batting averages. He’s struck out in 28.8% of his profession plate appearances to date, effectively above this yr’s 22.3% MLB common. His general batting line is .227/.304/.414, manufacturing that was 16% beneath league common, as evidenced by his wRC+ of 84. He was outrighted by the Rangers on the finish of final season and elected free company.
In March, the Yanks introduced Guzmán aboard on a minor league deal, sending him to the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. In 90 video games there this yr, Guzmán continues to be hanging out 27.6% of the time however he’s additionally walked in 11.8% of his plate appearances and added 12 lengthy balls. In complete, he’s slashing .260/.357/.466 for a wRC+ of 119. He’ll attempt to deliver a few of these improved outcomes as much as the majors, together with his left-handed bat making a pleasant match for the brief porch in proper discipline.
The rationale the Yankees have opted to deliver up Guzmán is because of the state of affairs surrounding their common first baseman Rizzo. Coping with again issues for a lot of the season, he hasn’t performed in per week after present process an epidural on Thursday. Whereas it’s hoped that it will result in higher aid for Rizzo in the long term, he’s coping with some unintended effects within the brief time period. Yesterday, supervisor Aaron Boone advised Andy Martino of SNY yesterday that Rizzo was coping with some complications after the epidural. In a video shared by SNY on Twitter, Boone says that the complications are actually conserving Rizzo from taking part in greater than the again difficulty.
Rizzo is having a robust season general however has slumped lately, with the creeping again damage presumably taking part in some position in that. Via the top of July, he was hitting .228/.348/.504 however has solely hit .208/.299/.442 because the calendar flipped to August. Signed to a two-year, $32MM deal within the offseason, Rizzo can decide out of the ultimate one yr and $16MM this winter and return to free company if he so needs. With Rizzo out of motion for the previous week, DJ LeMahieu has seen more often than not at first. Nevertheless, LeMahieu wants a while off himself, with Adler relaying phrase from Boone that the infielder is coping with a toe difficulty.
Ought to Rizzo return to well being in a number of days, Guzmán can’t be simply despatched again right down to the minors as he’s out of choices. Because the commerce deadline has handed, if the membership desires to take away him from the lively roster, they must designate him for project after which put him on waivers. Nevertheless, if he performs effectively sufficient to hold onto his roster spot, he may very well be retained for future seasons through arbitration.