ST. LOUIS — That can’t be good.
Less than a half-hour before first pitch, the Yankees scratched Anthony Rizzo from their lineup against the Cardinals. Rizzo had been slated to start at first base and hit third.
The issue: Lower-back tightness, the Yankees said.
Aaron Hicks was put in the lineup in center field to replace Rizzo, with DJ LeMahieu shifting from second base to first base.
Rizzo has been dealing with a balky lower back at times this season. Rizzo didn’t play from April 4-8 while dealing with lower-back tightness/soreness, missing two games in Pittsburgh and two games in Boston. The issue dates back to at least last season with the Cubs.
From the Yankees:
MATTY MUSTACHE: INF/OF Matt Carpenter returns to St. Louis to face his former team for the first time…Carpenter batted .262 (1,153-for-4,403) with 752R, 301 doubles, 28 triples, 155HR, 576RBI, 699BB and 27SB in 1,329 games over parts of 11 Major League seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals (2011-21)…he made three All-Star teams (2013-14, ‘16) with the club and went to the postseason seven times with St. Louis (2012-15, ‘19-21)…he ranks among Cardinals all-time leaders in walks (sixth), doubles (13th), home runs (13th) and extra-base hits (13th, 484)…he was originally selected by the Cardinals in the 13th round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft out of Texas Christian University.
- Has reached base in 25 of his 31 starts this season, batting .336/.437/.832 (36-for-107) with 27R, 8 doubles, 15HR, 36RBI, 14BB and 5HP in those starts.
- 24 of his 37H this season have gone for extra bases (9 doubles, 15HR).
- Has 15HR in just 139PA this season after hitting 7HR in 418PA over his previous two seasons from 2020-21.
- His 15HR since making his season debut on 5/26 are tied for the fifth-most in the AL and tied for the 10th-most in the Majors in that span.
- His 9HR since 7/2 are tied for the fourth-most in the Majors, trailing only Aaron Judge (14), Austin Riley (10) and Kyle Schwarber (10).
BRONX BOMBERS: Yankees batters lead the Majors with 185HR this season…their 185HR are 23HR more than second-place Atlanta (162) and 36HR more than third-place Houston (149).
- Their 185HR are their most HR through 106 games of a season in franchise history and the second-most by any Major League team through their first 106 games of a season, trailing only the 2019 Minnesota Twins (206HR).
- Have homered in a season-high 19 straight games (since 7/13), their longest streak since their 19-game streak from 9/8-28/21…their 19-game home run streak is tied for their third-longest streak in franchise history…trails only a Major League-record 31-game streak from 5/26-6/30/19 and a 25-game streak from 6/1-29/41…also recorded a 19-game streak from 9/8-28/21…have hit 39HR over their home run streak.
- Have hit at least 3HR in a Major League-leading 28 games this season.
- Lead the Majors in runs (567), runs per game (5.35), SLG (.448) and walks (421), rank second in OBP (.331) and OPS (.779).
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