New York Yankeesâ€™ first baseman Anthony Rizzo, who came over from the Chicago Cubs before the trade deadline, revealed the details of his battle against COVID-19, one that knocked him out of action for several days in an important stretch of games.
While his return to the Yankeesâ€™ active roster isnâ€™t imminent, he is getting closer.
He dealt with most of the symptoms of the disease and was â€œknocked outâ€ for about a week, as he told NJ Advance Media himself. He confirmed he couldnâ€™t taste or smell, which are pretty typical signs.
â€œ(I) feel a lot better than I expected,â€ Rizzo told reporters after working out before the Yankeesâ€™ victory against the Boston Red Sox in the first game of the doubleheader.
The Yankeesâ€™ slugger could be back playing in a few days.
â€œSoon,â€ Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. â€œWeâ€™ll see if itâ€™s tomorrow or the next day. Weâ€™ve just got to see where weâ€™re at today with how heâ€™s doing, how he responds to the uptick in workload.â€
The Yankeesâ€™ slugger told his story
Rizzo explained that he started feeling some symptoms on August 7. He said he was â€œtired and achy.â€ After that game, he tried to eat, but couldnâ€™t taste the food. At that point he was tested, and the result was positive.
His rough week started at that point. He was continually exhausted and lacked appetite. Slowly, but surely, he was able to take walks. He couldnâ€™t stand the lack of activity, saying that â€œwatching games on the TV, itâ€™s a lot more stressful than playing in them.â€
On Tuesday, he ran, took grounders and hit in the cage.
At this point in time, he is still yet to fully recover his taste and smell, but they â€œcome and go.â€
He will need to hit during bullpens and batting practice to have a shot at returning this week to the Yankees, but he has a good chance of doing so.