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Friday, June 24, 2022

Yankees Notebook: DJ LeMahieu back in lineup for fear of injury; Joy Gallo dropped to number 9

scheduled tribe. Petersburg – DJ Lemahieu was back in the lineup on Saturday. This is the first time since Monday that he has played with a problem with his left wrist. The infielder had received a cortisone shot on Tuesday and by late Thursday evening there were fears that he may have to go on the injured list.

Instead, he went 1-for-4 with a double and a run in the Yankees’ 3-1 loss to the Rays at Tropicana Field on Saturday.

“It was nice to be out there,” Lemahieu said. “I was excited.”

LeMahieu said he had no problems with his wrists while playing.

“Just a great turn of events,” said Yankees manager Aaron Boone. “About 36 hours ago, I was a little worried that we might need to do IL tenure and then [he] Really felt great two nights ago. He was able to hit and then yesterday was a real normal day.

“So yeah, excited to have him back there.”

LeMahieu came into the game hitting .250/.329/.375 with .704 OPS, three homers and 17 RBI.

gallo falls down

Maybe going last in the lineup will help Joey Gallo find his swing. This is where the struggling slugger found himself in the starting lineup for Saturday’s game. This was the first time Gallo has been with Rangers since 2017 at the number 9 spot in the starting lineup. That was the year he scored a career-high 41 home runs.

Gallo went 1-for-3 with a strikeout on Saturday.

Boone argued that the number 9 spot is not a demotion.

“Nine holes, if you’ve got me covered, you know, that’s the space I value. I think there’s a pretty good fit, especially when you turn the lineup when it’s going well.” So his ability to get on base. … just trying to make our lineup a little bit better in our left hand,” Boone said before the game.

“I think maybe this is a place where he could potentially thrive for us.”

Gallo broke the 0-for-20 stretch on Friday with a single. In his last nine games, Gallo is 2-for-29, with one hit home run. They reduced .069/.209/.172 to .378 OPS. Overall this season, Gallo is hitting .168/.277/.310, with five home runs in 113 at-bats with 50 strikeouts.

separate incompatible

Aaron Hicks, who missed the first two games of the series due to a tightness in his right hamstring, was set to play on Saturday but was not in the lineup by the likes of Boone.

“Just my verdict there and, yes, he’s ready to go and probably will be there tomorrow,” Boone said.

Boone hit Hicks for Jose Trevino with two outs and decided to pinch Isiah Kinner-Falefa in the eighth inning. Hicks is out.

Hicks has struggled at the plate this season and started at .209/.338/.243 in his first 39 games with a home run and seven RBIs.

“We will continue to work to achieve that quality of connectivity,” Boone said. “He’s still doing a great job of controlling the area. He’s been gaining some traction there for a few days, so we just had to keep working with him and hopefully get to the point where He’s really starting to swing like we know he’s capable and obviously his ability to get to base.”

Hicks started the heat last week before suffering a hamstring problem. He was hitting .278/.381/.278 in his last five matches. He has also done 21 walks this season.

rehabilitation roundup

Tim Locastro (stressed Latitude) was batting at the Yankees’ minor league facility on Saturday. He was suffering Domingo German (shoulder impingement syndrome), which Boone said was doing live batting practice and would be sent to rehab work “soon”. … the catchers brought in Ben Rortvedt, Josh Donaldson and Isiah Kinner-Falefa to the Yankees and sent Gary Sanchez and Gio Ursella to the twins, in a deal that was acquired last week for repairs after surgery last week. Was walking without a brace. A torn meniscus in his knee. Boone said he was on time. … Jack Britton (Tommy John surgery) is expected to throw a mound for the first time next weekend, and not Tuesday as initially thought. … Eroldis Chapman (Achilles) is able to work his hand at rehab in New York and Jonathan Loisiga (shoulder) is still in his no-throw period of rehab.

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