DJ LeMahieu just isn’t able to play and he doesn’t wish to be “ineffective,” so he’s attempting to remain prepared with out getting “silly.” The Yankees versatile infielder has been coping with a proper foot concern between his massive and second toe since earlier than the All-Star break. Friday, earlier than the Yankees sport towards the Pink Sox on the Stadium, LeMahieu hit with a batting apply group, however he admitted he doesn’t assume he can play with the way it feels now.
“It’s two weeks and it’s a bit of bit higher. We’ve every week and a half left within the season or two weeks or one thing like that. So I don’t wish to simply shut it down after which need to ramp up once more. So I’m staying as prepared as I can with out being silly,” LeMahieu mentioned. “And I don’t assume at this level, it’s actually going to go away. So I believe it’s simply keep prepared, and simply go to them [let them] know the way I really feel and I’ll be able to go. At any time when that day is.”
LeMahieu started coping with the ache in his foot earlier than the All-Star break and tried to deal with it through the hiatus with a cortisone shot. It didn’t assist and it has gotten worse. It bothers LeMahieu when he’s shifting on the sphere, working the bases and hitting.
“However you recognize, most significantly, if I can’t get my swing off then I’m sort of ineffective,” LeMahieu mentioned.
Final season, the Yankees acquired a glimpse of how inconsistent they had been with out LeMahieu, a contact hitter who compliments the facility hitters of their lineup. LeMahieu was shut down in September with a sports activities hernia, which was healed by way of surgical procedure.
LeMahieu mentioned he doesn’t assume that this may require surgical procedure. He thinks prolonged relaxation within the offseason will heal it.
“However, I’m simply attempting to get by way of the season, so I haven’t actually thought of that but,” LeMahieu mentioned.
“It’s been a very difficult damage to get our arms round and what therapies we are able to do,” supervisor Aaron Boone mentioned. “If and when you are able to do a shot and issues like that. We’ll see.”
Anthony Rizzo returned to the lineup after lacking 14 video games with a again concern on Sunday and on Friday Boone gave him a day of relaxation.
“He’s doing rather well really, the backs not a problem,” Boone mentioned. “That is extra of he was down for 2 weeks of not doing something and now that ramp up so wanting on the schedule and we’re within the midst of that eight in a row it’s like when do I get them one so we talked so much about it final evening he and I after which even this morning it simply felt like at this time’s the perfect day to do it and you recognize hopefully it serves him effectively.”
Since getting back from having an epidural to handle again ache, Rizzo has hit .211/.286/.421 with a house run.
BADER BIG IMPACT
Harrison Bader, who made his Yankee debut Tuesday evening, was not within the beginning lineup Friday evening, however got here in and scored the profitable run. He labored a pinch-hit stroll and stole second, taking third on the pitcher’s throwing error. He scored on Jose Trevino’s single.
Bader had been acquired by the Yankees Aug. 2 from the Cardinals, the place he had been on the injured record for over a month with plantar fasciitis. It took seven weeks for him to make his Yankees debut, but it surely’s been spectacular.
Bader is 4-for-11 with a double and 6 RBI and has scored three runs in 4 video games.
“Simply good situational issues that he’s carried out. He’s run the bases extremely effectively. He’s gotten some massive hits in these first couple of video games with runners in scoring place,” Boone mentioned. “You get a peek at simply how athletic and essentially sound he’s within the outfield the way in which he’s getting behind balls to maintain guys from advancing. He’s simply been a spark and he’s carried out a number of profitable issues.”