The New York Yankees found themselves in a difficult spot during the 2022 MLB postseason, as slugger DJ LeMahieu was nowhere to be found in their lineup.
In truth, the slugger was dealing with a foot injury that kept him out for the entire postseason, which caused the Yankees a great many problems, especially against the Houston Astros in the ALCS.
The Yankees bowed out after just four games in that series.
Earlier today, MLB Network insider Jon Morosi stopped by the morning Hot Stove show to discuss just how the Yankees plan to use the 34-year-old in 2023 as he looks to bounce back from his foot injury.
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Morosi reported that Dan Martin of the New York Post recently had spoken with Yankees hitting coach Dillon Lawson about the health of LeMahieu, with Lawson saying that it appears now as if there was never a foot injury to begin with.
The Yankees had tried to get the veteran slugger ready for the postseason, but it was to no avail.
Morosi then showed LeMahieu’s defensive splits over the past two seasons at first base, second base, and third base.
His stats at the third base position were much better than his stats at first or second with seven Defensive Runs Saved, as opposed to negative three at second base.
Morosi also talked about the struggles of Josh Donaldson and how the Yankees could potentially find an internal solution for that problem.
The solution may in fact be LeMahieu as the Yankees look to bounce back after a tough ALCS loss.NEXT: New Yankees Coach Shares His Plans For Aaron Judge