Not only did the Yankees get shut out and lose a series here at Fenway this weekend, they now have to be concerned about DJ LeMahieu. The Yankees versatile infielder sat out Sunday night’s 3-0 loss to the Red Sox with a sore right big toe, an issue that has been bothering him for several weeks.
LeMahieu will have the toe examined Monday, but he said he plans on being in the lineup that night to start the home stand against the Rays.
“Just in the last four or five days, it’s kind of affected me,” LeMahieu said. “Really I don’t anticipate this issue going forward. So I plan to be back in there tomorrow.”
LeMahieu said he had a cortisone shot in the toe at the All-Star break, but that it affected his swing the last few days.
“I didn’t feel like I could get my swing off the last few days and talking to (Aaron Boone) just he said today’s a good day, just to make sure you’re right and ready to go for this home stand.”
LeMahieu emphasized that this was an issue that he feels he can manage and play through.
“Just just kind of bumps and bruises of the season, kind of wear and tear,” LeMahieu said. “I had a cortisone earlier in the year and felt great for a while/I feel like it’s just kind of creeping back up a little bit. But like I said, everyone’s got something right now. And so just making sure I’m ready to go the rest of the season.”
On this road trip, LeMahieu went 6-for-35 with a double, home run and an RBI. It’s probably not a coincidence that the Yankees offense has hit the skids at the same time, it was obvious last year when LeMahieu struggled through most of the season with a sports hernia that he is a very important piece to the lineup.
“He’s been one of our best hitters. He gets everything started for us or at the top of the order,” Yankees slugger Aaron Judge said. “It’s the first time I am hearing about it, so hopefully it’s some minor and we’re getting him back out there soon.
“We still got a lot of guys coming back, hopefully Giancarlo (Stanton’s) coming back and they will be healthy and good for us,” Judge continued. “These guys are gonna step up. We’ve got a good ball club here capable of going out there and winning every single game so we just got to pick each other up and move on.”