Source: Yankees 1B Rizzo expected out 4-6 weeks

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New York Yankees first baseman Anthony Rizzo is expected to miss four to six weeks after tests Monday revealed a fracture to the radial neck of his right arm, a person with knowledge of the situation told ESPN on Monday, confirming a report. The injury will not require surgery.

Rizzo suffered the setback Sunday night when he collided with Boston Red Sox pitcher Brennan Bernardino running out a groundball in the seventh inning. Rizzo landed awkwardly on his right hand and grabbed his wrist area as he tumbled on the ground writhing in pain.

Results on a fluoroscopy at Fenway Park were negative, but the Yankees scheduled more testing for Rizzo on Monday.

“He’s in some pain in that lower arm in a number of places,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said after Sunday’s game.

Rizzo, 34, has posted his worst numbers as a big leaguer so far this season, batting .223 with a .630 OPS in 69 games. But he showed flashes during the Yankees’ road trip, tallying four hits, four walks and a home run in the four games before Sunday.

“The past week or so, the guy has been swinging the bat well and came up with some big hits,” Yankees center fielder Aaron Judge said Sunday. “He had a homer against Kansas City. We’re going to miss him, but the first thing is health.”

Without Rizzo, the Yankees could move DJ LeMahieu from third base to first base and have Oswaldo Cabrera play third base; the Yankees finished Sunday’s loss with that defensive alignment. Cabrera was the club’s primary third baseman to start the season until LeMahieu came off the injured list in late May.

Infielder Oswald Perza is an option to take Rizzo’s spot on the active roster. Peraza, 24, has struggled across three minor league levels this season, but he’s played in the majors in each of the last two seasons and is already on the 40-man roster.

Ben Rice and TJ Rumfield have both produced in the upper minors this season, but the Yankees would have to make room on the 40-man roster for either one of them.

Rice, 25, has split his time this season between catcher and first base, batting .275 with a .925 OPS and 15 home runs between double-A and triple-A. Rumfield, a first baseman, is slashing .305/.370/.441 with five home runs in 55 games between the two levels.

News of the team’s decision was first reported by The Athletic.

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