Yankees lose veteran infielder for ‘a while’ with high-grade injury

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The New York Yankees‘ infield dynamics faced a setback on Sunday as veteran Jon Berti entered the locker room using crutches and sporting a walking boot, indicating a severe calf strain that could sideline him for several weeks.

Berti’s Role and Injury Impact

Since his acquisition from the Miami Marlins at the outset of the 2024 season, Berti had been finding his rhythm, boasting a .273 batting average and a .322 on-base percentage. His contributions included one homer, six RBIs, and a 91 wRC+, marking him as a valuable player both at the plate and in the field.

However, his promising start has been disrupted by a “high-grade” calf injury, as described by manager Aaron Boone, which occurred after Berti grounded out in the ninth inning of Friday night’s game.

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This isn’t Berti’s first injury of the season; he had previously returned from a groin injury. While the Yankees anticipate his recovery, the timing is less than ideal.

Adjusting the Yankees’ Infield in Berti’s Absence

With DJ LeMahieu set to return from his rehab assignment and reclaim his regular position as early as Tuesday, the Yankees have options to manage the absence of Berti. LeMahieu’s return is timely, providing the Yankees with much-needed stability at third base. Additionally, Oswaldo Cabrera will serve as LeMahieu’s backup at third.

The Yankees plan to utilize LeMahieu’s versatility, potentially giving first baseman Anthony Rizzo necessary rest periods. This strategic infield rotation allows the team to manage player fatigue more effectively, ensuring that key players like Rizzo can recover from minor injuries without significant time away from the field.

As the Yankees navigate these challenges, the flexibility and depth of their roster will be crucial in maintaining their competitive edge during Berti’s recovery period.

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