Amid a rough stretch both offensively and overall, the Yankees rolled out another lineup Monday without two of these most significant bats without the assurance that either players injury will undoubtedly be fully cured for a while.
DJ LeMahieu missed his second straight game using what imaging on Monday revealed as inflammation in his big toe while Giancarlo Stanton missed a 20th straight game with Achilles tendinitis. Stanton did proceed through a complete pregame workout on Monday for the very first time since landing on the injured list, but indicated he’d still need a couple of more days of this accompanied by bouncing back well the very next day prior to going on a rehab assignment.
For the time being, the Yankees arrived home and lost a 10th game within their last 12 tries with a 4-0 loss to the Rays on Monday in the opener of an integral nine-game homestand contrary to the Rays, Blue Jays and Mets.
Very annoying, Stanton said of staying patient because the Yankees endure the rough patch. Its annoying not playing generally. Nevertheless, you gotta be smart also. That trumps everything.
This is the approach the Yankees also appear to be taking with LeMahieu. The infielder was 1-for his last-18 before sitting out Sundays loss to the Red Sox with a sore right big toe. While Mondays tests didn’t reveal any other thing more damaging than inflammation, he remains in a holding pattern to see in case a mixture of treatment and orthotics will get him feeling right.
Its just a little tricky, manager Aaron Boone said. Hes just likely to be getting treatments, hopefully obtain the right orthotics going and hopefully develop a little relief for him. The previous few days, swinging bothers him when he rotates on that back foot.
When healthy, LeMahieu serves as an integral cog atop the Yankees lineup. However in the interim, the Yankees will undoubtedly be forced to play shorthanded with just a three-man bench.
Asked about putting LeMahieu on the IL to provide him time and energy to heal and open a roster spot for a wholesome position player, Boone said the team would revisit that each day.
Yeah, theres talk of this, but that is something that definitely not the treating it really is, Go avoid for 10 days, fourteen days, a month, Boone said. That doesnt necessarily guarantee it being where you need it to be. So that it may be something we have to manage. Thats what well make an effort to aggressively treat here and obtain it to where its tolerable for him to sort out. But well revisit that [IL decision] each day.
For Stanton, the slugger said recent days of ramp-up have gone well, but he was still getting his feet underneath him after having not played since July 23. On Monday, he stood in on the bullpen sessions of Frankie Montas and Domingo German to greatly help get his timing back, took balls in right field and hit in the indoor cage because the Yankees continue steadily to build-up his workload to observe how he responds to it.
Stantons injury was regarded as minor, but even though he starts a rehab assignment this week he said he was longing for the fewest rehab games possible it has probably sidelined him for at the very least a month. Also it could be something he’s got to monitor for all of those other season.
Definitely gotta monitor it, Stanton said. Dont desire to rush it back and also have to be worried about it every evening postgame.
Boone said Stantons timeline for a return wasnt suffering from whether he returned as strictly a DH or perhaps a part-time outfielder aswell, as he was prior to the injury.
Hes been bouncing back effectively during the last week, Boone said. However now its, lets reach an even of level of work and observe how he responds compared to that. Hopefully were consistently getting near being in an excellent spot.