Yankees: DJ LeMahieu’s Return Comes at Perfect Time
By Jerry Trotta
New York Yankees star DJ LeMahieu’s return is imminent.
Since good news is hard to come by on the injury front for the New York Yankees, this update on perhaps their most complete hitter will serve as a breath of needed fresh air. Per reports, infielder DJ LeMahieu is set to join the team at Summer Camp after recovering from the coronavirus.
It remains to be seen if LeMahieu will be ready for Opening Day, which is scheduled for next Thursday, but reports claim that he was asymptomatic while quarantining at his home in Michigan.
So long as the three-time All-Star is fully recovered and strong enough to start, he should absolutely be in manager Aaron Boone’s lineup for the first game of the 2020 season.
The Yankees have a workout scheduled for Thursday and will play their final intrasquad scrimmage on Friday before facing the Mets on Saturday and Sunday, and the Phillies on Monday in exhibition games as their final tune up for the campaign.
That should be enough time for LeMahieu to get up to speed with the rest of his teammates. Let’s be honest, if there’s one player on New York that can get into game shape in that short amount of time, it’s DJ, who was a beast leading off for the club in 2019.
The man can roll out of bed and hit bullets, as long as he’s at full strength.
LeMahieu finished fourth in American League MVP voting last season after hitting .327/.375/.518 with 26 home runs, 102 RBI and a 136 OPS+. Considering how many injuries the Yankees were forced to overcome, they might not have won the AL East without the 31-year-old stud’s contributions.
In the simplest of terms, his return couldn’t come at a better time for the club, which desperately needs his bat in the lineup for most, if not all, of the upcoming 60-game sprint.