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Yankees 1B Anthony Rizzo placed on IL due to COVID-19

One of the newest Yankees has tested positive and will miss at least 10 days.

Anthony Rizzo #48 of the New York Yankees grounds into a sixth inning ending run scoring double play against the Seattle Mariners at Yankee Stadium on August 07, 2021 in New York City. Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

The New York Yankees have been riddled with COVID-19 issues this season, and they can add another name to the list. First baseman Anthony Rizzo, acquired from the Chicago Cubs at the trade deadline has tested positive for COVID-19. Manager Aaron Boone announced Rizzo is headed to IL, and due to the positive test he’ll be out at least 10 days.

In nine games since joining the Yankees, Rizzo has hit 9-for-32 with three home runs and six RBI. Luke Voit will replace Rizzo at first base in the short term.

Rizzo has not gotten vaccinated against COVID-19. It’s not entirely clear why given his potential immune issues as a cancer survivor. At one point he talked about waiting for more data in his decision-making process. Indications are he is not against the vaccine, but it is possible his medical history raises problems with getting the vaccine.

His situation is not entirely clear, but for the time being, he is sidelined with COVID-19.