In the fifth inning of Saturday night’s game against the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees’ second baseman DJ LeMahieu left with a wrist injury. When swinging the bat, LeMahieu seemed to pull a muscle or ligament in his wrist. He tried to shake it off and ended up grounding out to shortstop shortly after.
It could have been an overextension in his arm or something forearm related. However, losing LeMahieu would be devastating for the Yankees’ line up, which desperately needs consistency after losing both Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge to injury. LeMahieu was 0-for-3 on Saturday, hitting .411 with a .456 on-base percentage. He’s one of the most consistent players for the Yankees and is a staple on defense, considering his utility value.
After his departure entering the sixth inning, the Yankees replaced him with Tyler Wade at second base.
Wade is currently hitting .250 on the year and is a solid defender. Nonetheless, he doesn’t even remotely match up with LeMahieu’s production, and losing him for any number of games would be significant.
Tyler Wade enters the game at second base, replacing DJ LeMahieu.
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Manager Aaron Boone stated on Friday that the team would place Judge on the injured list, along with Stanton, who could miss up to four weeks with a hamstring injury. Judge is dealing with a calf ailment, and it could be lengthy considering the number of game Stanton was expected to is before COVID-19 shut down baseball operations.