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LeMahieu's turnaround crucial for Yankees

LeMahieu 27; pivotal transition for Yankees

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DJ LeMahieu stood near the center of the Yankees clubhouse on Friday night, lamenting a night where he and his teammates couldn’t do much against Padres veteran Joe Musgrove.

His batting average dropped, his The strikeout count was up, but LeMahieu insisted he felt better than the results indicated.

“I do feel like I’m close ,” Le Mathieu said.

less than19 Hours later, LeMahieu stood in the same spot, recalling the Yankees victory in which he went 2-for-1. 3 for the double and a home run. Not surprisingly, the stoic LeMahieu jumped at the chance to volley “Told you so!” at his questioner.

“It’s certainly encouraging,” LeMahieu said. “It’s a game, let’s get on with it.”

A healthy and productive LeMahieu is critical to the Yankees’ chances this season as the 94 year-old continues Serves as a tour option between second base, third base and first base, fulfilling his assigned role.

“I want to see you here Over the past week or He was fouling,” manager Aaron Boone said. “Suddenly, his counts dropped and maybe the [attack zone] was a little wider than usual.”

LeMahieu played more minutes than Boone expected after a season that was severely hampered in the second half by a right foot injury, in part due to a hamstring injury that kept three Baseman Josh Donaldson was limited to five games.

“I don’t think the body has any Questions and DJs,” bench coach Carlos Mendoza said. “It’s one of those stretches he’s fighting. But health-wise, there’s no concern.”

Donaldson has been rehabbing at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and may join the Yankees for their upcoming road trip, possibly in Seattle, but more Possibly in Los Angeles.

However, although Boone said he Assuming Donaldson is “an everyday player” in the lineup, the same can be said for LeMahieu, who will certainly continue to start in the infield position. Donaldson, LeMahieu and others could still fill the designated hitter role, especially with Giancarlo Stanton not expected to join the club until after the West Coast tour.

“I feel good,” LeMahieu said. “The past week and a half has been a bit of a grind. Just trying to put better AB together. [I’ve been] a bit disappointed, but keep going. I think overall our team is playing well and I feel good about it Very excited.”




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