New York Yankees star Anthony Rizzo after hitting a home run. Jul 23, 2023; Bronx, New York, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Anthony Rizzo (48) reacts after hitting a solo home run against the Kansas City Royals during the third inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Jones-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Yankees lost year took another bad turn Tuesday, with news that the team is shutting down first baseman Anthony Rizzo for the rest of the season.

Rizzo has been on the IL since Aug. 3 dealing with post-concussion syndrome. While manager Aaron Boone said that Rizzo is improving, the team is running out of time for him to return in 2023.

There’s absolutely no sense in rushing Rizzo back to the lineup, as the Yankees (68-69) are an extreme long shot to make the postseason.

Rizzo actually suffered the concussion May 28 in a glancing collision with San Diego Padres star Fernando Tatis Jr.

While Rizzo played for two months after that incident, he hit .173 in June and .167 in July.

The three-time All-Star finishes the season with 12 home runs and a .706 OPS.

The MLB world reacted to the news with one thought on many fans’ minds: Why did it take the Yankees so long to recognize Rizzo’s symptoms?

[Bryan Hoch,]

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