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DJ LeMahieu’s second Yankees rehab assignment set to begin

MINNEAPOLIS – DJ LeMahieu is set to try a rehab mission again.

After his previous attempt lasted just one inning before being pulled out by soreness in his injured right foot, the veteran Yankees infielder is expected to begin a rehab assignment again Thursday or Friday with Double-A Somerset.

Because it’s now been nearly two months since he last played a game, when he suffered a non-displaced fracture following a foot foul, LeMahieu will need more than a few games to increase his workload before you are ready to join the team. The Yankees.

DJ Lemahieu’s first start to rehabilitation lasted just one round. Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

“We don’t have a specific number of at-bats with him, but we definitely want him to play games and have some volume under his belt,” manager Aaron Boone said Tuesday before the Yankees beat the Twins 5-1. to the target field. “Then we’ll see how comfortable he is the more at-bats he gets.”

Boone said LeMahieu will take the field right away for his rehab assignment, but he won’t play a full game right away, but will instead move up to seven to nine innings over time.

On Tuesday at the club’s player development complex in Tampa, LeMahieu faced four or five at-bats against live pitchers after doing so for the first time Saturday.

Boone said he didn’t know if LeMahieu would get more imaging of his foot before beginning the rehabilitation mission.

The 35-year-old had undergone imaging before his first attempt, with doctors keen to see better recovery and pushing back the rehabilitation mission by four days.

LeMahieu then went one inning and got one at-bat on April 23 before being removed from the game and arrested for a week.

Also Tuesday in Tampa, Gerrit Cole (elbow nerve inflammation) completed his fourth bullpen session in which he threw about 36 pitches, a step up from Saturday’s 29.

Yankees pitcher Gerrit Cole conducts a bullpen session before a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Saturday, May 11, 2024. P.A.

Cole had indicated over the weekend that he would have to move to a two-man bullpen session – that is, throwing an inning’s worth, sitting down and then throwing more pitches – before move on to live batting practice, but Tuesday’s session still only had one.

“Just onward and upward,” Boone said.

Cole and LeMahieu were both returning to New York later Tuesday.

Jasson Dominguez (Tommy John surgery) began his rehab assignment Tuesday with Single-A Tampa, serving as DH and going 1-for-3 with a walk-single against ex-Yankee Domingo German.

“It’s nice to be back on the field and doing what I love,” Dominguez told reporters, including the Associated Press. “It feels good. Everything is going according to plan.”

Injured New York Yankees Jasson Dominguez pitched during a light workout at Steinbrenner Field, the Yankees Spring Training Complex in Tampa, Florida. Charles Wenzelberg / New York Post

Dominguez will only do downfield for the first two weeks before adding the outfield to the mix — he currently throws up to 150 feet — which will come late in his 20-day rehab clock.

If he has no setbacks, the Yankees will have to either activate him or option him to Triple-A (the latter being more likely, barring injury to the big league club) by June 3.

Tommy Kahnle (shoulder) had his rehab assignment moved to Double-A Somerset, where he struck out the team on 10 pitches Tuesday. It was the third of what is expected to be five rehab appearances.

In addition to Dominguez, on-field prospect Jorbit Vivas also began a rehab assignment with Single-A Tampa on Tuesday.

After suffering a fractured left eye socket on the final day of spring training, he returned to play two games for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in late April, but then returned to the IL after doing faced with certain after-effects of the injury.

New York Post

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