Talking to David Ross spurred Anthony Rizzo to get a second opinion: reports originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
New York Yankees first baseman Anthony Rizzo was known to have had a very close relationship with Chicago Cubs manager David Ross during their time together in the Windy City, but it was actually the Cubs captain who may have helped Rizzo recognizing an illness that had plagued him for months.
Rizzo was sidelined for the season this week as he continues to struggle with the effects of a concussion he sustained during the season.
During Tuesday’s Yankees broadcast: YES Clubhouse reporter Meredith Marakovits revealed that a conversation with Ross had spurred Rizzo on prompted him to seek a second opinion on his state of health.
Zach Zaidman from 670 the Score, during the Cubs’ win over the Giants, clarified that account and revealed that Ross and Rizzo spoke when the Cubs were in New York for a series against the Mets.
“Ross struggled with multiple concussion issues throughout his playing career. We all know that Rossy and Rizz are good friends. When the Cubs were in New York to play the Mets, Ross and Rizzo were talking, and because of Ross, Anthony realized I don’t feel like myself anymore because I have a brain injury,” Zaidman said. “After that conversation with Ross, Rizzo got in touch with Rossy’s doctor and it turned out the concussion issues were real and they locked him up.”
Rizzo was involved in a horrific collision with San Diego Padres star Fernando Tatis Jr. in late May. He initially survived concussion tests but had to sit out several games due to neck pain.
As the season progressed, Rizzo struggled heavily with the plate and was eventually placed on the injured list on August 3 after complaining of “foggyness.”
The Yankees are optimistic he will return to the field in 2024, according to manager Aaron Boone.