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DJ LeMahieu hopes to be able to handle toe problem on stretch – The Denver Post

DJ LeMahieu was absent from the Yankees’ roster for the second straight game on Monday. The veteran infielder had an MRI on his right big toe and was prescribed orthotics and medication in hopes he can manage it over time.

“Right now, it’s day to day. They found inflammation there. It’s a bit tricky, so he’s just going to hopefully get treatment, get the right orthotics and hopefully create some relief,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said before the opener. of Monday Night’s series against the Rays. “The last few days it’s really been the swing that’s been bothering him when he’s kind of spinning on that back foot. So hopefully that’s something that medicine and treatment and orthotics will help fix and fix. relieve some of these symptoms.

LeMahieu has been dealing with the toe issue for some time. He was injected with cortisone during the all-star break and got some relief, but said it started to “come back” on the nine-day road trip the Yankees had just completed.

On the road trip, LeMahieu went 6 for 35 with a double, a home run and an RBI. It’s probably no coincidence that the Yankees offense slipped at the same time, it was evident last year when LeMahieu struggled most of the season with a sports hernia that he is a very important part of this training.

It also left the Yankees playing short the past two nights, in the same way they played shorthanded for five games as they waited for Anthony Rizzo to recover from his back spasms last week.

“Maybe it’s just today,” Boone said. So we’re kind of going to review that every day. Yeah, there are discussions and that. but it’s something that isn’t necessarily the treatment is go and stay away for 10 days, two weeks, four weeks. This does not necessarily guarantee that it is where you want it. So maybe it’s something we just have to deal with. And so that’s what we’re going to try to aggressively address here and push him to where it’s tolerable for him. But we will come back to this stuff every day.

RIZZO gets mad

Anthony Rizzo is used to getting hit by pitches. The swing of left-handed hitters forces him to dig closer to the plate than other hitters, so it’s hardly surprising that he leads the majors after being hit by 17 pitches this season.

On Monday night, he was dunked in the third inning of the Yankees’ 4-0 loss to the Rays by Ryan Yarborough, started to take off his batting gloves and turned to first base when plate umpire DJ Reyburn stopped him. He ruled that Rizzo did not attempt to move out of bounds and therefore did not have to award him the first goal.

Rizzo busted, but got nowhere with Reyburn or team manager James Hoye. Under MLB rules, this appeal is at the discretion of the umpire.

“Yarbrough throws a big sweeping slider and if I give up early it comes back to hit. Pretty annoyed afterwards at (the call at the) last second there,” Rizzo explained. “Don’t wear towels up there. I’m pretty good at preparing for bullets. It’s one of those things that I saw that I was about to get a brace for. It is what it is. Yankees manager Aaron Boone, who was already playing with a short bench because DJ LeMahieu was out with a sore big toe, had to step out and get between Rizzo and Reyburn.

“Bad call,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “Where is he supposed to go?” It makes a move to strike and it transforms into this. It’s a miss. It’s not through the plate in the box. Rizzo is all over the plate as much as he can, he can’t get out of the way. So once he starts making his kicking motion, he rolls the hip. I didn’t think it was the right choice.

Rizzo had about a minute of argument and was not ejected. He went 1 for 4 with three strikeouts on the Yankees’ second shutout in as many nights.

He said it didn’t matter that the call came during the Yankees’ 2-10 slide.

“Anytime you feel like you’ve been ripped off on a call at any time. It’s annoying because we’re here competing at the highest level and I’m here to talk to you. The referees have no responsibility when they miss something like that,” Rizzo said. “So I know. I know they’re not trying to miss but it’s just frustrating. It doesn’t matter when it happens.

THE KING RETURNS

Michael King is optimistic he won’t need further surgery to fix his elbow. The right-hander, who fractured his elbow while throwing a pitch on July 23 in Baltimore, said he was able to repair bones but not get a perfect picture of his ulnar collateral ligament.

“I got a few plates and screws in my elbow to fix the olecranon (the bony end of the elbow). It was a complete olecranon fracture,” King said. “And because my arm was a bit stuck (in bent position). It wasn’t the easiest way to stress the ligament (ulnar collateral) to see if there is something wrong with the ligament. But from the MRIs that I was able to get in. It looked like the ligament was intact and pretty healthy.

“But the doctors just wanted to start it again in six to eight weeks when I had my full range of motion back to make sure there really wasn’t any stress on my ligaments,” King said. “So they will do stress tests. But I’m optimistic right now.

King has been brilliant to start the season. In a career-high 34 appearances, King had a 2.29 ERA with 66 strikeouts in 51 innings pitched. He admitted that he was trying to overcome some discomfort for a while.

“All pitchers go through certain things and try to fight through certain things and I knew our bullpen needed help. And I also felt like I was throwing well, so I wanted to get through whatever I was feeling,” King said. “There are so many times I go through something for a week or two and then it completely goes away and I’m fine.

“And unfortunately it wasn’t that time, so I was trying to get through that and I felt a pop and I didn’t feel good.”

King could tentatively start a throwing program in early November if they find no more elbow damage. He would be ready for full spring training if that were the case.

START OF SEVERINO

Luis Severino kicked off his first bullpen since going on the injured list with a tense end on Monday. He tried to pitch all of his pitches and got as many as 25 pitches. He’s on the 60-day injured list and isn’t eligible to return until mid-September, so he’ll have plenty of time to reach full starting volume.

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