NEW YORK — DJ LeMahieu, second baseman for the New York Yankees, has been experiencing right big toe pain for a few days now and will have an MRI on the toe on Monday.
The Yankees were missing LeMahieu’s bat when they lost to the Red Sox, 3-0, on Sunday. LeMahieu said after the game that he received a cortisone shot to help with the pain during the All-Star break, but that it has been “kind of creeping up a little bit” again.
As for playing time against the Rays on Monday, “I’m not concerned,” LeMahieu said. It’s something that happens periodically throughout the year and affects everyone.
LeMahieu, who is 34 years old, has been one of the most reliable hitters all season long in 2022, posting a.279/.381/.417 batting line with 12 home runs, 43 RBIs, and 71 runs scored.
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According to Aaron Judge, “he gets everything started for us there at the top of the order,” so LeMahieu must be one of the team’s best hitters. ‘I’m praying it’s nothing major and he can return to action quickly.’
As the Yankees continue to battle injuries, LeMahieu joins DH Giancarlo Stanton (Achilles), OF Matt Carpenter (Broken Foot), and RHP Luis Severino (Right Shoulder Tightness), all of whom are expected back around the middle of September.
The Yankees envisioned LeMahieu’s role as a versatile infielder. On March 30, he debuted with the Yankees at Yankee Stadium against the Orioles, going 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored in a 5-3 loss. LeMahieu continued his impressive performance from May with another stellar June.
He had a perfect batting average and a 14-game hitting streak from June 14th through the 30th, where he was able to reach base safely in every game but one (including 6 consecutive multi-hit games from June 23–30). LeMahieu had seven hits in 12 at-bats, three doubles, and seven RBIs as the Yankees swept the Red Sox in the two-game London Series at the end of June (which marked the halfway point of the Yankees season).
As a result, LeMahieu was named the American League’s Player of the Week for the first time in his career. He followed that up by becoming the league’s first-ever Player of the Month for June (with a.395/.434/.658 batting line, 6 home runs, 29 RBI, 26 runs scored, and 45 hits) and getting voted as the starting second baseman for the All-Star Game.
As the season progressed, he filled in at first, second, and third base for the injured players on the team. It was his first multi-positional game since 2014, and he didn’t play shortstop back then. More than that, he made 25 starts at each of the three infield positions for the Yankees, a first for the franchise.
He was the team’s primary first baseman throughout the postseason. With the Yankees down 4-3 and only two outs remaining in Game 6 of the 2019 ALCS, LeMahieu hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to force extra innings. In the bottom of the inning, however, José Altuve would hit a walk-off home run, putting an end to the Yankees’ chances.
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