DJ LeMahieu has a sports activities hernia that can require offseason surgical procedure, however the New York Yankees’ leadoff hitter will try and play via the harm in October.

The main league batting champion final 12 months, LeMahieu was out of the beginning lineup once more Saturday in a important sport in opposition to Tampa Bay. A win would clinch a playoff spot for the Yankees, who held a one-game lead over Boston for the highest AL wild card.

Even with a defeat, New York might punch its postseason ticket with losses by Toronto and Seattle later within the day.

LeMahieu exited Thursday evening’s victory in Toronto, acquired a cortisone injection Friday and was unavailable for the Yankees’ 4-3 loss to the Rays. The group had been calling the harm proper hip and groin soreness, however after LeMahieu was examined by medical doctors Friday, supervisor Aaron Boone stated Saturday morning the Gold Glove infielder “essentially has a sports hernia” that he’ll have to handle after the season.

Boone stated he was uncertain if LeMahieu might be obtainable off the bench in an emergency Saturday, however the membership hopes he can play within the scheduled regular-season finale Sunday.

“There’s been days where it’s better,” Boone stated, “and he can manage it.”

“There’s certain times where he just can’t press through.”

LeMahieu additionally missed a giant sport final weekend in Boston due to the harm. The three-time All-Star and two-time batting champion was hitting .268 with 10 homers, 57 RBIs and a .711 OPS this season. He shifted not too long ago from second base to 3rd when the Yankees moved error-prone Gleyber Torres from shortstop to second.

The 33-year-old LeMahieu, a three-time Gold Glove winner with Colorado, completed fourth in AL MVP voting in 2019 and third final 12 months. He batted .364 in the course of the pandemic-abbreviated 2020 season after which signed a $90 million, six-year contract to stay with the Yankees.

“He’s about as tough as they come,” Boone stated. “Hopefully the cortisone injection is something that gives him a little bit of relief.”

With LeMahieu ailing, the Yankees recalled infielder Andrew Velazquez from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and optioned reliever Albert Abreu to their high farm membership. Velazquez was set to begin at shortstop Saturday, with Gio Urshela again at third base, his pure place.

Boone additionally stated first baseman Luke Voit most likely will likely be sidelined for at the very least a few weeks with left knee irritation. Voit, positioned on the 10-day injured record Thursday, might doubtlessly return later in October if the Yankees advance deep sufficient within the postseason.

Voit led the majors with 22 dwelling runs throughout final 12 months’s 60-game season, however he had knee surgical procedure in March and has been hampered by accidents this 12 months. He was principally supplanted at first base when New York acquired Anthony Rizzo from the Chicago Cubs in late July.

Boone additionally stated right-hander Jameson Taillon (proper ankle) threw a “really good” bullpen Friday and stays a candidate to begin Sunday.