Yankees Injury Woes Continue; Key Player Placed On IL

The New York Yankees continue to be hit by the injury bug, this time being forced to place infielder DJ LeMahieu on the 10-day IL with a sprained toe.

Manager Aaron Boone calls it a "complicated, tricky injury, and (it's hard to tell) what exactly is the right course of action. But we do feel like an IL stint, we can hopefully get our arms around this better."

Boone says the team will miss the versatile infielder. "Obviously he's such an enormous part of our team, and is in the midst of such a great season, and clearly in the last few weeks has been compromised."

He's hoping that varying amounts of rest and treatment will "hopefully get him back to the point where he's the impactful guy that we know he is when he's right."

In his last 15 games, LeMahieu has hit just .136 with an OPS of .324 (that is not a typo), a far cry from his season numbers of .290 and .827 before his slide really began a month ago. Overall, he's hitting .262 with a .740 OPS along with 12 HR, 46 RBIs and 74 runs scored.

The Yankees currently have 15 players on the injured list, including two other lineup regulars added to the list within the last week, first baseman Anthony Rizzo and left fielder Andrew Benintendi.

Miguel Andujar has been called up to take his spot on the roster, while they've also reinstated lefty Nestor Cortes from the 15-day IL, and he will start Thursday night.

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