DJ LeMahieu
Yankees infielder DJ LeMahieu didn’t start Wednesday’s game in Cleveland due to quad soreness.AP

New York Yankees key baseman DJ LeMahieu missed the series decider against the Cleveland Guardians on Wednesday due to fitness issues.

DJ LeMahieu is a key piece of the New York Yankees’ formidable offensive lineup. The 34-year-old veteran has been a consistent performer throughout his career and had been off to a solid start in the early part of the season. However, a recent fitness concern prompted him to start on the bench once again, and the Yankees remain on edge.


LeMahieu made a promising return to the Bronx after missing the 2022 postseason due to a gruesome toe injury. The injury that ended his season prematurely and stayed responsible for the slump in form healed over the off-season. When DJ hit his first bullpen session, the infielder knew he was 100% fit and conveyed the same to the media. However, just two weeks later, the story took a 360-degree turn.

Yankees Infielder DJ LeMahieu Benched For Wednesday’s Game Due To Quad Tightness

DJ LeMahieu talks with Aaron Boone before the Yankees’ 5-1 series-clinching win over the Gaurdians. AP

New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone came out with the worst possible news for the fans on Wednesday. He announced that DJ LeMahieu, the team’s regular baseman, is suffering from quad tightness and will miss the final game against the Cleveland Guardians. DJ has a lengthy injury history, and thus the team decided to take a cautious approach and give him some additional rest. The exact nature and severity of LeMahieu’s injury remains unknown, and the team has not provided a timeline for his return.

However, the fact that the Yankees are being cautious with his recovery suggests that it may be more than just a minor issue. Meanwhile, the fans vent out their frustration on social media. The team has already dealt a ridiculous amount of injuries in these two weeks of the regular season. Hence, the latest update on the DJ LeMahieu has just added to the misery. LeMahieu’s absence will likely affect the Yankees as the team has been hit hard by injuries, with several key players missing time due to various ailments. Therefore, the Yankees will hope that LeMahieu’s injury is not a long-term concern, as they will need his bat and glove in the lineup if they intend to make a deep run this season.

Aaron Boone Dismisses Any Major Injury Concern For LeMahieu, Torres

Wednesday morning started with a lot of uncertainties. Gleyber Torres, who suffered hamstring tightness, was doubtful for the matchup. However, Torres said he felt better before the game and thus decided to continue with the matchup. On the other hand, DJ LeMaieu surprisingly missed the game due to quad-tightness.

DJ LeMahieu (L), Gleyber Torres (R)

Updating on his injury status, Aaron Boone said DJ’s fine and does not need to go for scans just yet. They will monitor his situation for the next couple of days and assess if he remains fit enough to play over the weekend. For what it’s worth, DJ’s absence did not affect the team much as they registered another series win as they defeated Guardians in a dramatic matchup.