Yankees Injury Report: D.J. LeMahieu and Gio Urshela both day-to-day
Infielders D.J. LeMahieu and Gio Urshela both left the Yankees victory on Sunday against the Giants with injuries. Fortunately, neither injury appears to be serious after the team announced that both players are day to day.
The Yankees have already lost 15 players to the injured list this season so they’re the last team that could afford losing two more. Currently, they have 13 players on the IL but it looks like both Urshela (left hand) and LeMahieu (right knee) will be able to avoid missing extended time after X-Rays for each of them came back negative.
LeMahieu fouled a pitch off his knee during Friday night’s win over the Giants but managed to finish the game and play all nine innings on Saturday as well. However, two and a half innings into Sunday’s win he was removed. On Monday he was sent for an MRI in Arizona before the Yankees begin a two-game series with the Diamondbacks on Tuesday. It was revealed that LeMahieu has inflammation in his knee and he’ll be day to day.
As for Urshela, he was hit on his left hand with an 88.5 mph fastball during the fifth inning on Sunday that forced him to his early exit. Prior to that, he went two for two raising his average on the season to .351. According to Coley Harvey of ESPN, Urshela feared the worst immediately after he was hit but following the game, he started to regain movement in his fingers.
"“Once I got hit, because of the pain and sensation you have, automatically you think the worst,” Urshela said. “But eventually I was able to move my fingers and got movement back and took a deep breath there.”"
It appears that neither LeMahieu or Urshela’s injuries are going to be serious but if I had to guess which player has the better chance of being in the lineup Tuesday night it would be Urshela. Given LeMahieu’s injury is to his knee the Yankees are likely going to be more cautious with him to make sure he doesn’t make it worse by playing on it.
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Despite being without so many of their top contributors in April the Yanks continue to thrive, winning 13 of 15. That being said they really can’t afford to lose Urshela or D.J for an extended period of time. They’ve been two of their most consistent hitters in the lineup and a huge part of the team’s early-season success.
The Yankees depth has benefited them greatly this month but after all the injuries they’ve suffered, they’re running out of replacements. Right now it looks like neither D.J. or Gio is going to need a stint on the IL but in the event one of them does the Yanks are out of position players on their 40-man roster to call up.
Remember they already called up Urshela, Thairo Estrada and Tyler Wade after the injuries to Andujar, Tulowitzki, and Judge.
The Yankees have suffered an unfathomable amount of injuries that would send most teams into a tailspin yet here they are somehow sitting at 17-11. That’s an incredible accomplishment in itself. However, if either Urshela or LeMahieu were to join the ever-growing IL it’s hard to envision them continuing their winning ways at this rate.