New York Yankees’ DJ LeMahieu reacts after fouling a ball off of himself against the Boston Red Sox during the seventh inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 10, 2023, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)(APMedia)

The New York Yankees kicked off the 2024 MLB season amidst injury scare to key players. Ace Gerrit Cole and infielder DJ LeMahieu were placed on IL on opening day. While Cole isn’t expected to return until the first week of June due to an elbow inflammation injury, LeMahieu’s injury was less severe.

DJ LeMahieu arrived for the spring session in good spirits until a foot injury played spoilsport. He was hit on the foot with a foul ball and has been on the sidelines ever since. Moreover, over three weeks into the season already, LeMahieu’s whereabouts and potential return timeline remain missing.


Yankees Skipper Awaiting DJ LeMahieu 100% Recovery!

Yankees, DJ LeMahieu
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In the midst of a strong season, the New York Yankees have found themselves facing an obstacle with infielder DJ LeMahieu nursing an injury. The third baseman has been out for a month, with his original IL timeline of 10 days having expired last week. However, despite everything, DJ is showing no signs of immediate return. After getting hit by a foul ball on the troubled right foot, the baseman went through scans, which ruled out major concerns. From them, LeMahieu has been building up gradually and recently joined the team on their road trip to Cleveland. He also traveled to Toronto, but an imminent reinstatement is highly unlikely. And skipper Aaron Boone’s latest assessment further solidified the expectations.

While updating on DJ LeMahieu’s injury, Aaron Boone told NJ Media he expects the veteran to build up enough to handle back-to-back games and play five, seven, or nine innings without any discomfort. Boone has absolutely no clue as to when LeMahieu will be able to achieve this. To further add to the misery, DJ’s replacement, Jon Berti, also joined the former on IL with a groin strain. Therefore, with the depth depleting, the Yankees turned to red-hot utility player Oswaldo Cabrera to handle third base until the veteran returned. Infielder Kevin Smith has also been recalled from Triple-A as an additional depth option. Overall, while the New York Yankees have had a blazing start to the season, they will need veteran forces in the lineup at some point, thus making LeMahieu’s return even more crucial.

Oswaldo Cabrera Benefits From Jon Berti’s Abrupt Injury!

Yankees, Oswaldo Cabrera
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One person’s loss is another one’s gain. This quote perfectly sums up Oswaldo Cabrera’s heroics against the Cleveland Guardians in an 8-2 win. Jon Berti got injured ahead of the road trip and was placed on IL with a left groin strain. Subsequently, a utility player was called up from the bench to start at third base. Notably, Cabrera was the Yankees’ third base starter before Berti got traded.

Oswaldo Cabrera pounced on this opportunity to prove why he deserved to be the New York Yankees’ everyday starter this year. He slammed a two-run home run along with an RBI to solidify his team’s lead, eventually leading into a win. So far, the utilityman is hitting .292 with three home runs and 12 RBIs in 13 games, making it impossible for Boone to get him out of the starting lineup.

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