Yankees Get Encouraging Injury Update on DJ LeMahieu Ahead of Spring Training
Despite a strong 99-win season and a first-place finish in the AL East, the New York Yankees fell flat on their faces during their ALCS date with the Houston Astros. Injuries, as with any major league franchise, played somewhat of a factor down the stretch. But, one injury stood above the rest in terms of importance.
Plagued by nagging injuries, infielder DJ LeMahieu was not himself in 2022. He did suit up for 125 games, but missed the postseason and put together the worst slash line of his career at .261/.357/.377.
On Tuesday, the Yankees received encouraging news on their three-time All-Star.
Yankees insider Brendan Kuty caught up with hitting coach Dillon Lawson as the franchise prepares to report for Spring Training. He provided great news on LeMahieu's status.
“I’ve got to assume that he’s excited... It’s just the peace of mind to be able to get back to feeling good and then build off of that," said Lawson. He added that the All-Star's bat speed and swing appear back on track from his "pre-injury levels."
A healthy DJ LeMahieu is vital to the Yankees success in 2023. He's just three years removed from leading the league with a stellar .364 batting average and his contact-first hitting approach provides needed balance to a lineup full of home run hitters.
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