Yankees News: Lou Trivino injury, DJ LeMahieu update, series win over Rays

Good news! The Yankees won another series. Bad news! The bullpen is still ailing.
Championship Series - Houston Astros v New York Yankees - Game Three
Championship Series - Houston Astros v New York Yankees - Game Three / Elsa/GettyImages

On Mother's Day, the New York Yankees handled business against the Tampa Bay Rays and took the series finale by a score of 10-6. The team notched 11 hits and three walks. Aaron Judge homered again. Jose Trevino clocked two over the fence. Gleyber Torres' three-run shot provided much-needed insurance after the Rays made it a 6-5 game by absolutely tagging Caleb Ferguson.

Luis Gil was once again fantastic (six shutout innings, three hits allowed) and the offense showed up early and often to help the Bombers improve to 27-15. They've won 10 of 13 series this season and are just a half-game back of the Baltimore Orioles for first place in the AL East.

Right before Sunday's game, however, the Yankees learned one of their future bullpen reinforcements suffered a secret setback. Two weeks ago, reliever Lou Trivino was shut down with elbow inflammation and has at least another week (maybe two) to go.

Trivino underwent Tommy John surgery last May and re-signed with the Yankees after being non-tendered in the offseason. Acquired in the Frankie Montas trade back in 2022, Trivino proved to be a valuable member of the bullpen, undertaking the important "fireman" role.

Manager Aaron Boone said Trivino's issue isn't related to his elbow ligament, but his long road to recovery was just delayed at least another month. The Yankees were hoping to get the right-hander back by the All-Star break, but it's hard to envision that now.

Yankees News: Lou Trivino injury, DJ LeMahieu update, series win over Rays

In a (little) encouraging bit of bullpen news, Scott Effross is "close to facing hitters again" after his Tommy John recovery hit a snag in the offseason when it was discovered he needed back surgery. Truth be told, however, we won't be holding our breath.

On the position player side of things, DJ LeMahieu is currently with the team as he awaits clearance for a rehab assignment. About three weeks ago, LeMahieu left his rehab assignment with Double-A Somerset after just one inning as his foot started to bother him again. He was shut down right after.

LeMahieu suffered a non-displaced fracture in his right foot during spring training and the nebulous updates that followed had fans pessimistic about his future availability. After it appeared as if his return may have been rushed, the team is now taking its time with LeMahieu, who is carefully getting back into action.

He took batting practice with the team before Saturday's game against the Rays and then logged some infield work on Sunday. It's definitely encouraging in a sense, but fans won't be factoring LeMahieu into any of their plans until they see him on the field with the big league club.

At the very least, it appears as if the rehabs for Tommy Kahnle and Jasson Dominguez are going well, so that'll be something to look forward to in the coming weeks.