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New York Yankees infielder DJ LeMahieu hd already opened the regular season on the injured list because of what was being a called a bone bruise in his right foot. On Saturday, though, the news got worse as manager Aaron Boone told reporters that LeMahieu has been diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture in his foot. LeMahieu will be re-imaged in two weeks, which means it will be at least that long before LeMahieu has any kind of general time-table for his return. 

The veteran LeMahieu, 35, had been penciled in as the Yankees' starting third baseman and leadoff hitter as they attempt to rebound from a disappointing 82-win season in 2023. LeMahieu is coming off a 2023 campaign in which he slashed .243/.327/.390 with 15 home runs in 136 games. Over the last three seasons combined, LeMahieu has an OPS+ of 101. 

This leaves the Yankees in a tough spot at third base. Under normal circumstances, they'd likely turn to Oswald Peraza to fill in for LeMahieu, but he's sidelined with a shoulder strain, likely until at least May. Oswaldo Cabrera manned the hot corner for the Yankees' first two games of the season, and they recently acquired veteran infielder Jon Berti in a three-way trade with the Marlins and Rays.

It's already been a challenging spring for the Yankees in terms of injuries. Ace Gerrit Cole's elbow problems will sideline him for perhaps three months or more, and star slugger Aaron Judge is presently limited by an abdominal injury