With 13 times until the scheduled Opening Working day game at Washington, the Yankees never know if they will have All-Star second baseman DJ LeMahieu again from the harm list.
As with pitcher Luis Cessa, LeMahieu tested favourable for COVID-19 before spring schooling 2. opened past 7 days and has been quarantining at home. Till they each individual move consumption screening at Yankee Stadium, neither can start working out.
Not obtaining LeMahieu — a three-time All-Star who has received a few Gold Gloves at second foundation and concluded fourth in past year’s AL MVP voting soon after hitting .327 with 26 homers and 102 RBIs — would be a significant blow to the Yankees lineup. No matter of who manager Aaron Boone performs at second, he will not be LeMahieu in the discipline or at the plate.
Before Thursday night’s intrasquad activity at Yankee Stadium, Boone was inspired about exactly where LeMahieu, who turns 32 Monday, was bodily but dealt with the likelihood of needing a fill-in.
“DJ, as a lot as any participant, I am likely to feel superior about wherever he is at — how considerably he takes treatment of himself and is completely ready to go. If any one can deal with staying out at the start off of camp, it may perhaps be DJ,’’ Boone stated on a Zoom get in touch with. “He labored tirelessly for the duration of the quarantine down in Tampa. He was ready to go, and he doesn’t come to feel ill. It is not a little something that has wiped him out. I do sense excellent about the player currently being in a position to pick up after it is time for him to appear back.’’
When that is, of program, is unidentified. It’s not most likely the Yankees would transfer Gleyber Torres from shortstop again to 2nd soon after grooming him to be Didi Gregorius’ substitute at brief, a situation Torres played in the minimal leagues and in 77 games (73 commences) a 12 months in the past when Gregorius was out.
Just before LeMahieu tested optimistic, Tyler Wade figured to make the 30-male roster because he is capable to participate in shortstop, 2nd, 3rd base, in the outfield and present velocity as a pinch runner. Now, the 25-12 months-aged left-hand-hitting Wade could be the 2nd baseman right until LeMahieu returns.
“We have a lot of self-confidence in Tyler, in particular how he will effects the activity defensively there,’’ Boone reported of Wade, who has played next in 59 significant-league video games but hasn’t strike (.197 in 109 game titles) in confined actively playing time.
Boone didn’t end with Wade, who would appear to be the frontrunner for LeMahieu’s place.
“We have a large amount of self-assurance in Thairo Estrada, Rosell Herrera of course amazed us with the spring he had, and we brought in Matt Duffy, who could figure into that combine, an recognized big-league participant,’’ Boone mentioned.
Estrada is the only one of the 3 on the 40-guy roster.
“We truly feel like we have choices there if we did have to begin the period without DJ,’’ Boone stated.
The 29-yr-old Duffy is intriguing simply because, when healthier, the appropriate-hand-hitting infielder has been productive. Even so, outside of 2015 with the Giants (.295 BA) and 2018 as a Ray (.294), Duffy has been constrained by injuries but even now is a occupation .282 hitter with a .338 on-base proportion.
He performed 91 game titles in 2016 and missed all of 2017 with an Achilles tendon difficulty. Final year he performed 46 games for the Rays and signed a minor league offer with the Rangers in the offseason. He is in Yankees camp as a non-roster invitee. Of the 452 games Duffy has performed in the majors, 377 of them have been at third and 18 (12 starts off) at next.
As for Wade, he simply wishes to play a great deal additional than he has considering that reaching the massive leagues in 2017.
“I am preparing each individual working day to perform every day, no matter if it is short, next or anywhere it is going to be,’’ Wade mentioned right before starting off at brief for the Yankees squad Thursday evening. “Unfortunately, DJ is not right here, and there is a emptiness. I am obtaining my reps all over the infield and all around the outfield. Correct now I am prepared to engage in every working day and no matter what they need me to do.’’