Yankees get concerning DJ LeMahieu injury news during feel-good rally vs A's

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Anyone care to take bets if we'll ever see DJ LeMahieu take the field for the New York Yankees again in 2024? The moment he went down with his foot injury in spring training and the way the news was progressively nebulous, fans' optimism has been at an all-time low.

LeMahieu was sent out on a rehab assignment Tuesday night for his first game action since March 16. He's been battling a foot injury after fouling a ball off himself and suffering a non-displaced fracture, which was initially believed to be a contusion.

Well, his road to recovery was already cut short. After one inning with the Somerset Patriots on Tuesday night, LeMahieu was removed due to discomfort in his injured foot. He lasted just one inning. He struck out in his only at-bat, too.

The YES broadcast reported it during the Yankees' game against the Athletics, and continued to allude to the fact LeMahieu has been itching to return to action, and we're just hoping the organization didn't give in to his desire to get back on the field.

There was zero need to rush LeMahieu back with how incredible Oswaldo Cabrera has been in the early going. In fact, they could've afforded to rest the veteran even longer if that was a viable option.

We've heard very little about LeMahieu over the past few weeks and nothing's exactly been clear, so fans don't know for sure what's been going on.

Yankees get concerning DJ LeMahieu injury news during feel-good rally vs A's

Meanwhile, in the Bronx, the Yankees went down early against the Athletics after Juan Soto attempted a diving catch in the top of the first. The ball bounced off his glove and a runner scored all the way from first with two outs.

But in the bottom half of the inning, the Yankees responded forcefully. Juan Soto singled, Aaron Judge doubled, Giancarlo Stanton doubled, and Anthony Rizzo homered. This is the offense fans have been yearning for from the heart of the order.

Not bad, either, as all of this came against Paul Blackburn, who's been having a terrific season so far (1.08 ERA through four starts).

The Yankees' depth has been thin all year across the roster. The rotation and bullpen badly need reinforcements. The bench has Trent Grisham, Austin Wells, Jahmai Jones and Taylor Trammell. LeMahieu was supposed to eventually represent a key, versatile addition.

Instead, it's the same old story since 2021. LeMahieu hasn't been healthy for a consistent period of time ever since signing his new contract. Terribly unfortunately. And fans will now wait with bated breath for the next inconclusive update on his status.