Anthony Rizzo took another step closer to returning from the COVID-19 injured list Tuesday at Yankee Stadium. Rizzo took grounders on the field before the Yankees’ doubleheader against the Red Sox and took batting practice on the field between games.
“All this feels a lot better than expected,’’ Rizzo said.
He declined to put a date on when he expects to be back in the lineup. He said he wants to see how he recovers from Tuesday’s work, since it was the first time he felt well enough to do baseball activities.
Rizzo said he was “knocked out for a solid six, seven days” by the virus before being able to go for walks and stretch the previous few days. Rizzo also said he still needs to see pitches before he can return.
Manager Aaron Boone said he expects Rizzo to return to the lineup “soon,” perhaps in the next few days if he responds to the “uptick in workload.”
Rizzo said it was “tough” to miss time so soon after arriving in a trade from the Cubs and getting off to an excellent start with the Yankees.
“Just building relationships with guys and having to stall that,’’ Rizzo said. “The guys are playing amazing.”
“After the last game, I was eating and I couldn’t really taste or smell,’’ Rizzo said. “That’s when I got tested.”
Overall, he said “everything hurt” when he had the virus.
“I’m grateful it wasn’t worse and I was able to ride the storm and weather it,’’ Rizzo said.”