DJ LeMahieu’s foot soreness not ‘overly concerning’ to Yankees



DJ LeMahieu underwent additional testing Wednesday after exiting the first game of his rehab assignment with Double-A Somerset following just one at-bat Tuesday and still experiencing soreness in his right foot the next day.

LeMahieu took batting practice before the Patriots’ game and felt the soreness when out in the field for defense, general manager Brian Cashman said.

There wasn’t anything specific that prompted the soreness, he added, but it instead materialized “all of a sudden.”

ankees DJ Lemahieu fields ground balls in the infield during his rebab. JASON SZENES FOR THE NEW YORK POST

The results weren’t known ahead of the Yankees’ game against the A’s on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium, though manager Aaron Boone wasn’t “overly concerned yet” despite another obstacle in a recovery that has already included a rehab assignment delay.

“A little bit,” Boone said when asked if LeMahieu’s soreness surprised him, “because I know he’s been chomping at the bit because really, for the last two weeks, he’s felt really good. And what I’ve seen, just with my eyes watching him take ground balls, watching him hit, he’s looked really good.”

LeMahieu hasn’t played for the Yankees since fouling a ball off his foot March 16 in a spring training game, with initial X-rays coming back negative before a follow-up MRI — taken two weeks later after swelling subsided — revealed a non-displaced fracture in the right foot.

So LeMahieu, who’d started to find a hitting rhythm with hits in four of his final five spring games, started the season on the injured list with a right foot contusion.

The most promising step toward a return — and a chance to improve on his career-worst .243 average last year while inching closer to resembling the hitter that won the American League batting title in 2020 — arrived early last week, when the Yankees mapped out a rehab assignment that’d begin either April 18 or 19 and end with a return to the majors.

Another follow-up MRI prompted the Yankees to delay his stint with Somerset until Tuesday, though. That “frustrated” LeMahieu, he told reporters Friday, but there was still optimism about the 35-year-old’s return nearing.

A lineup where most hitters outside of outfielder Juan Soto kept struggling could use a jolt from LeMahieu.

The Yankees’ depleted infield would get an everyday player back, too.

Yankees DJ Lemahieu throws in the infield during his rebab
Yankees’ DJ Lemahieu throws in the infield during his rebab. JASON SZENES FOR THE NEW YORK POST

But then the rehab assignment hit a setback after one at-bat, two swings, one foul ball and a strikeout with the Patriots.

“Hopefully it’s just as simple as giving it more time and nothing more complicated than that,” Cashman said.

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