The only win the New York Yankees get right now is getting back All-Star second baseman DJ Lemahieu. He will be playing third base against the Mets today.
Lemahieu went on the injured list with a sprained left thumb on August 17th. That came from swinging and missing on a pitch vs the Red Sox. He would finish the at-bat, however, Tyler Wade replaced him. Ever since his move to the injured list, Wade and Thairo Estrada have been filling in at second base.
The Yankees have lost seven straight. Three against the Rays, two against the Braves and so far, two against the Mets. They currently have Giancarlo Stanton, Kyle Higashioka, Aaron Judge, Zach Britton, Tommy Kahnle, Gleyber Torres, James Paxton, and Luis Severino on the Injured List. Severino and Kahnle will not play the rest of the season.
After his coronavirus scare, Lemahieu was one of the most productive Yankees hitters in the starting lineup. So far this season he has a .411 batting average, two home runs, eight runs batted in, fifteen runs, 30 hits in 73 at-bats (79 plate appearances), five walks, one stolen base, a .456 on-base percentage and a .534 slugging percentage.
DJ Lemahieu and Gleyber Torres were one of the few players last year that were not caught in the injury plague. Unfortunately, both of them are this year and that has affected this team vastly. Torres is expected to be out of the lineup for another three to six weeks with a hamstring injury.
In a corresponding move for Lemahieu’s activation, 3B/1B/OF Miguel Andujar has been optioned to the alternate site. Andujar has four hits in thirty-one at-bats this year and has a .129 batting average.