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Anthony Rizzo of the Yankees was sidelined for eight weeks with a broken forearm, Ian Hamilton and Cody Poteet were also injured

Anthony Rizzo of the Yankees was sidelined for eight weeks with a broken forearm, Ian Hamilton and Cody Poteet were also injured

NEW YORK – Anthony Rizzo sounded forlorn as he described “another strange injury at first” that will keep him out until at least August.

Rizzo was placed on the injured list by the New York Yankees on Tuesday, two days after he broke his right forearm when he fell in a collision with Boston pitcher Brennan Bernardino at Fenway Park.

Pitchers Ian Hamilton and Cody Poteet are also injured, the Yankees said before a series opener against AL East rival Baltimore. New York brought in 25-year-old talent Ben Rice to make his big league debut at first base against the Orioles.

Rizzo said he doesn’t need surgery, but the arm hurt and he slept with it against his dachshund.

“Last night wasn’t that bad. I had Kevin there on my arm. I think he knew I was in pain, so he helped a little bit,” Rizzo said.

Rizzo estimated he wouldn’t be able to resume baseball activities for another four to five weeks, and the Yankees said he should be ready to compete in eight weeks, though he wasn’t sure if that timetable for a return to the big leagues or a was minor. rehabilitation assignment for the league. He is not allowed to do weight work.

“I’m not the fastest runner, but I couldn’t get doubled there with where we were in the race,” Rizzo said, “so I was just devastated.”

Originally, Rizzo thought he hurt his wrist. He did not blame Bernardino, who covered the base on a throw from first baseman Dominic Smith.

“There is no intention behind that. It’s a strange play. Dom would go to second, messed with it and threw it to first. It was a bad throw,” Rizzo said. “I landed wrong. If I don’t land on my arm, we’re not talking about this.”

Rizzo’s 2023 season came to an end on May 28 when he collided with Fernando Tatis Jr. from San Diego while attempting to apply a tag on a pickoff attempt. Rizzo suffered a concussion and hit .174 with 10 RBIs in 47 games after the collision, leaving him with a .244 average, 12 home runs and 41 RBIs.

Rizzo is a three-time All-Star and is batting .223 with eight home runs, 28 RBIs and a .630 OPS. He started June on a 1-for-34 slide before going 4-for-14 with a home run and three RBIs in his last five games. Rizzo, a 2016 World Series champion with the Chicago Cubs, has a career average of .262 with 303 home runs, 958 RBIs and four Gold Gloves.

Rizzo has a salary of $17 million in the second season of a two-year, $40 million contract. The Yankees have a $17 million option through 2025 with a $6 million buyout.

Rizzo was placed on the 10-day injured list. New York selected the signing of Rice and left-hander Anthony Misiewicz from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and recalled left-hander Clayton Andrews from the RailRiders. Poteet retroactively went on the 15-day IL on Saturday with a low right triceps strain and Hamilton retroactively went on the Monday with a moderate right lat strain. Right-hander Clarke Schmidt was placed on the 60-day IL.

Poteet had gone 3-0 with a 2.14 ERA in four starts, filling the rotation spot that opened when Schmidt strained his lat muscle on May 26. AL Cy Young Award winner Gerrit Cole will be activated to fill that slot on Wednesday and make his season debut against the Orioles.

Hamilton will not pitch for three to four weeks. The right-hander, who turned 29 on Sunday, was scheduled to receive a PRP injection on Tuesday evening.

Hamilton dealt with the injury earlier this season and felt it when he gave up two runs in Sunday’s 9-3 loss. He has an ERA of 4.55: 2.60 in 14 games through May 5 and 7.11 in 14 games since.

Poteet, a 29-year-old right-hander, won’t pitch for one to two weeks.

Rice hit .275 with 15 home runs and 26 RBIs in 49 games with Double-A Somerset and Scranton this year. He was notified when RailRiders manager Shelley Duncan contacted him via FaceTime Monday night at 10 p.m., and Rice arrived at Yankee Stadium for the first time on Tuesday.

He grew up a Yankees fan, although he lived in the Boston area.

“I loved Derek Jeter. He was always my favorite player,” Rice said. “My parents always said he was a good role model. I read his biography when I was a little boy.”

Promoted to Triple-A on June 5, Rice hit .333 with three home runs, 10 RBIs and a 1.059 OPS in 11 games with the RailRiders. Rice, a 12th-round pick in the 2021 amateur draft, played 118 minor league games as a catcher and 55 as a starter.

“It will definitely be a little bit of a work in progress,” bench coach Brad Ausmus said.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone was scheduled to arrive late to Tuesday’s game after attending son Brandon’s high school graduation, leaving Ausmus in charge.

Ausmus, like Rice, a former Dartmouth catcher, was texting Yankees general manager Brian Cashman from a beach when Rice was called up.

“It’s always exciting to see a young guy step up and make his Major League debut, but this one is definitely a little closer to my heart,” Ausmus said.

Scott Effross, recovering from Tommy John surgery in October 2022, back surgery and knee surgery, will begin a rehab assignment at Class A Tampa on Wednesday, along with fellow right-hander JT Brubaker, who returns from TJ surgery in April 2023.

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