Yankees Get More Concerning Injury News on DJ LeMahieu Ahead of Opening Day

Opening Day 2024 is exactly one week away. Unfortunately, it's looking like the New York Yankees could be without DJ LeMahieu to begin the new MLB season.

The Yankees received more concerning DJ LeMahieu injury news on Thursday.
The Yankees received more concerning DJ LeMahieu injury news on Thursday. / John Jones-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Yankees continue to battle the injury bug with MLB Opening Day 2024 being exactly one week away. Gerrit Cole is out for the foreseeable future, Aaron Judge has been plagued by an abdomen injury, and DJ LeMahieu has been dealing with a bone bruise on his right foot.

Naturally, Yankees fans are hoping for a healthy lineup when the club faces the Houston Astro next Thursday. Unfortunately, it's looking like that might not be the case judging by the latest

Yankees News: DJ LeMahieu Injury Update

The Athletic's Brendan Kuty shared a concerning injury update regarding LeMahieu on Thursday. Kuty reports that the three-time MLB All-Star "didn’t push" his footwork exercises in the outfield and that he was moving "gingerly."

Kuty added that he wouldn't describe LeMahieu's movements as jogging, and that it was more like quicker walking.

It'll be interesting to see if LeMahieu can have a quick turnaround over the next week. The latest injury update comes less than 24 hours after he told reporters at Steinbrenner Field that he was "pretty much" ready for the start of the 2024 campaign and that "it's not going to take much" to get into regular-season form.

Even if it's only for a few games, it isn't difficult to see how LeMahieu's potential absence would hurt New York. Since joining the Yankees in 2019, the 35-year-old veteran has racked up 73 home runs, 276 RBIs, and 264 walks while slashing .285/.358/.439.

LeMahieu's foot injury has limited him to 29 plate appearances during spring training, resulting in six hits, three RBIs, seven strikeouts, and a .222/.276/.259 slash line.

If LeMahieu isn't good to go for Opening Day, Oswaldo Cabrera will likely start at third base. The 25-year-old infielder recorded five HRs and 29 RBIs while batting .211 across 330 plate appearances last season and even recorded a .972 fielding percentage in 112 1/3 innings at third base.

Time will tell if LeMahieu's injury impacts the Bronx Bombers' shot at winning the 2024 World Series. With Opening Day just a week away, the Yankees have the fourth-best odds to win this fall's championship on FanDuel Sportsbook.

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