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Player Outlook
DJ LeMahieu batted .327 and then .364 during his first two seasons as a Yankee, but he's dropped off considerably in the three campaigns since. Last season, the veteran posted the lowest batting average (.243) and highest strikeout rate (22.2 percent) of his career. It could be that the foot injury that derailed the second half of his 2022 campaign continued to bother LeMahieu into 2023, but there's also the distinct possibility that the 35-year-old is simply losing ground to Father Time. Despite the recent falloff, there are a few reasons to believe LeMahieu could rebound to an extent next season: he still has near-elite bat-to-ball skills, and he experienced a mini-resurgence between the All-Star break and the end of August last year, posting an .879 OPS over 37 games before falling off again during the final month of the season. It's unlikely that he'll return to the form that netted him two batting titles, and he's a below-average contributor in power and speed, so fantasy managers shouldn't look to LeMahieu before the very late rounds of drafts. Still, opportunity should be there, either as New York's starting third baseman or as a utility man in a near-everyday role.

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2023 295.52.2 55 15 44 60 2 .244
2022 336.52.7 74 12 46 67 4 .261
3y Avg. 339.52.5 71 12 49 67 3 .258
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  • Yankees' DJ LeMahieu: Shut down for seven days

    LeMahieu is still dealing with swelling in his right foot and will be shut down from baseball activity for a week, Erik Boland of Newsday reports. LeMahieu had to make an early exit from his first rehab game at Double-A Somerset on Tuesday after his fractured right foot began bothering him in the first inning. After getting checked out by team doctors Wednesday, he will officially be pulled off his rehab assignment and shut down from all activity for the next seven days. Next steps for the 35-year-old infielder will be determined once his seven days are up, though it seems his target return date will be pushed back well into May.
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  • Yankees' DJ LeMahieu: Exits rehab game early

    LeMahieu exited after playing one inning in his rehab game Tuesday with Double-A Somerset due to soreness in his fractured right foot, Randy Miller of The Newark Star-Ledger reports. LeMahieu left the contest after striking out in the top of first frame and playing third base in the bottom of the inning. He was making his first rehab appearance and was expected to appear in three more contests in the minors before returning from the 10-day injured list. The 35-year-old is now set to undergo examinations on his foot in New York on Wednesday, according to Gary Phillips of the New York Daily News. More information on his status will be provided following the tests, but LeMahieu's return date from the IL looks as though it will be pushed back.
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  • Yankees' DJ LeMahieu: Tracking toward return next week

    Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Tuesday that LeMahieu (foot) could be activated for the team's April 29-May 2 series in Baltimore, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports. LeMahieu will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Somerset on Tuesday and is slated to play four games before being activated if all goes well. The veteran infielder is coming back from a bone bruise and non-displaced fracture in his right foot. He should become the Yankees' primary third baseman upon his return, with Oswaldo Cabrera shifting back to a utility role.
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  • Yankees' DJ LeMahieu: Rehab assignment will be brief

    LeMahieu (foot) has said he expects to play "less than five" rehab games before being activated, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports. LeMahieu is beginning a rehab assignment with Double-A Somerset on Tuesday. Assuming the Yankees concur with the infielder's assessment of how many rehab games he will require, it sounds like he could be back as soon as the weekend series in Milwaukee. LeMahieu has been out all season with a bone bruise and non-displaced fracture in his right foot. Oswaldo Cabrera's production has slowed since a hot start, so LeMahieu should quickly regain his role as the primary third baseman.
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  • Yankees' DJ LeMahieu: Beginning rehab stint Tuesday

    Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Sunday that LeMahieu (foot) will begin a minor-league rehab assignment Tuesday, Jim Bowden of The Athletic reports. The veteran infielder was originally expected to begin the rehab stint Friday, but it was pushed back after an MRI showed less healing than expected. LeMahieu has been cleared for game action just a couple days later, however, so it's apparently not a significant issue. He'll likely require at least a handful of games in the minors before joining the Yankees, as he's been sidelined just over a month.
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  • Yankees' DJ LeMahieu: Rehab stint delayed

    LeMahieu (foot) won't begin his rehab assignment at Double-A Somerset as scheduled Friday after an MRI showed less healing than was hoped for, Pete Caldera of The Bergen Record reports. The veteran infielder said he's "ready to go" but has yet to be cleared for game action. LeMahieu will take batting practice and go through infield drills over the next few days. Manager Aaron Boone indicated that Tuesday is now the target date for LeMahieu to begin the rehab assignment, per Chris Kirschner of The Athletic.
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  • Yankees' DJ LeMahieu: Rehab assignment on tap

    Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Tuesday in an interview with Jomboy Media's "Talkin' Yanks" podcast that he expects LeMahieu (foot) to begin a rehab assignment this weekend. LeMahieu has been ramping up baseball activities and is nearly ready to test things out in game action as he comes back from a bone bruise and non-displaced fracture in his right foot. He should return to the top of the Yankees' depth chart at third base once he's ready, but LeMahieu could also yield some starts to Oswaldo Cabrera at the hot corner given Cabrera's hot start. LeMahieu also no longer looks to be a candidate to bat leadoff in the short term due to Anthony Volpe establishing himself at the top of the batting order.
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  • Yankees' DJ LeMahieu: Could begin rehab stint this week

    Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Sunday that LeMahieu (foot) could begin rehab assignment once the club finishes up the current road trip Wednesday in Toronto, Erik Boland of Newsday reports. The 35-year-old is traveling with the Yankees on the road trip and has continued to progress in his rehab work, with game action now seemingly on the horizon. LeMahieu was healthy for most of spring training before suffering the foot fracture in mid-March, so he shouldn't require an extended rehab assignment and could join the Yankees before the end of April.
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  • Yankees' DJ LeMahieu: Will travel on road trip

    Manager Aaron Boone said LeMahieu (foot) will travel with the Yankees on their road trip this week to Cleveland and Toronto, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports. LeMahieu took batting practice Wednesday and has been incorporating more baseball activities into his rehab regimen, and his ability to join the team on its road trip is a sign that he isn't too far off from starting a rehab assignment. The veteran infielder has been out since late March with a bone bruise and non-displaced fracture in his right foot.
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  • Yankees' DJ LeMahieu: Fields some grounders

    LeMahieu (foot) fielded groundballs at third base Sunday but was still limited in his lateral movement, David Lennon of Newsday reports. The veteran infielder recently took part in on-field batting practice and is now working in some fielding drills, but he's clearly still hampered by the non-displaced fracture in his right foot. LeMahieu will need to get to the point where he can move laterally with no issues before having a chance to see game action.
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  • Yankees' DJ LeMahieu: Participates in batting practice

    LeMahieu (foot) took part in on-field batting practice Friday, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports. Yankees manager Aaron Boone noted that he believes LeMahieu could be ready to resume playing soon. The veteran third baseman started the season on the 10-day IL and is working through a bone fracture in his right foot. Oswaldo Cabrera and Jon Berti will continue to hold down third base in LeMahieu's absence.
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  • Yankees' DJ LeMahieu: MRI reveals bone fracture

    Yankees manager Aaron Boone revealed Saturday that LeMahieu has a non-displaced bone fracture in his right foot, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports. LeMahieu was placed on the 10-day injured list Thursday. He underwent an MRI on Friday, which revealed the bone fracture, and the veteran infielder will be re-imaged in two weeks. In LeMahieu's absence, Oswaldo Cabrera has drawn the starts at third base to start the season, but the newly acquired Jon Berti could also factor into the mix at the position.
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  • Yankees' DJ LeMahieu: Goes on 10-day injured list

    The Yankees placed LeMahieu (foot) on the 10-day injured list Thursday. LeMahieu's rehab from a bone bruise in his foot is coming along but hasn't advanced enough for him to play in the opener. The veteran infielder will undergo an MRI on Friday to check his progress. Oswaldo Cabrera and Jon Berti will handle third base while LeMahieu is out.
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  • Yankees' DJ LeMahieu: Starting season on IL

    Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Monday that LeMahieu (foot) will begin the season on the injured list, Gary Phillips of the New York Daily News reports. It's confirmation of what manager Aaron Boone said Sunday was the likely result. Cashman added that LeMahieu is also dealing with inflammation in addition to a bone bruise in his right foot and will undergo another MRI later this week to see how the healing has come along. Because the IL move can be backdated, LeMahieu could return as soon as the Yankees' home opener on April 5, and Cashman didn't rule out the veteran infielder being ready by that date.
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  • Yankees' DJ LeMahieu: May miss Opening Day

    Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Sunday that LeMahieu (foot) is a "longshot" to be ready for Opening Day, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports. LeMahieu has been taking part in some casual baseball activities, but it appears he may be opening the season on the injured list, If that's the case, Oswaldo Cabrera is the likely starter at the hot corner Opening Day in Houston.
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  • Yankees' DJ LeMahieu: Runs, fields grounders Friday

    LeMahieu (foot) did some light running and fielded some grounders Friday, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports. Yankees manager Aaron Boone said afterward that the workout was "a good sign" for LeMahieu but added that the infielder has "still got a ways to go" before he will be ready to play in games. It's going to be a close call for LeMahieu's Opening Day readiness as he works his way back from a bone bruise in his right foot.
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  • Yankees' DJ LeMahieu: Plays catch Friday

    LeMahieu (foot) played catch on the field Friday, Brendan Kuty of The Athletic reports. LeMahieu went through some light running drills Thursday and continues to ease back into baseball activities as he recovers from a bone bruise in his right foot. The hope remains that the 35-year-old will be up to speed by Opening Day.
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  • Yankees' DJ LeMahieu: Goes through light footwork

    LeMahieu (foot) did some light footwork exercises Thursday, Brendan Kuty of The Athletic reports. Kuty noted that LeMahieu was moving around "gingerly" and "definitely didn't push it." Any amount of activity is better than none, of course, after LeMahieu has been hobbling around the Yankees' spring training facility in recent days. The veteran infielder has expressed optimism that he can make it back from his right foot bone bruise in time for Opening Day, but it's definitely not a slam dunk.
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  • Yankees' DJ LeMahieu: Not ruling out Opening Day

    LeMahieu (foot) on Wednesday didn't rule out being ready for Opening Day, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports. LeMahieu is dealing with a bone bruise in his right foot which is causing plenty of discomfort. The Yankees have only five more Grapefruit League games after Wednesday's contest and it doesn't sound like LeMahieu is a given to play in any of them. However, the 35-year-old said that he's "had plenty of at-bats" and is "pretty much ready" for the start of the season. If the team opts to hold LeMahieu out for a bit, Oswaldo Cabrera would be in line for third base duties.
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  • Yankees' DJ LeMahieu: Could miss multiple days

    Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Monday that LeMahieu's left foot injury could "cost him some days here," Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports. LeMahieu fouled a ball off the foot during a Grapefruit League contest Saturday. X-rays came back negative, and while LeMahieu is feeling better, he still remains sore and will need a few days of rest. The Yankees will wait and see how the infielder responds over the next few days before having a better feel for his status.
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