BOSTON – An already tough series against rivals Red Sox got even worse on Saturday for the Yankees when DJ LeMahieu suffered a 9-5 defeat with a slight groin load he suffered on a Friday night knockout at Fenway Park.
LeMahieu called it a "very small" burden and hoped to be removed from the list of casualties.
"It's not that bad," said LeMahieu, who had an MRI scan on Saturday. "It's just a strange situation." Manager Aaron Boone said he did not expect LeMahieu to start the final on Sunday, but would not say that he would not be available – although LeMahieu may have a day off Monday for three consecutive days rest.
"We'll see where he is [Sunday]," Boone said. "There is no decision yet."
The Yankees were also optimistic that they dodged a bullet after Gio Urshela rolled his right ankle across the double on the eighth day of the inauguration.
Urshela limped into second place, but stayed in the game after visiting the training staff.
He later struck a Kyle Higashioka single in the inning and said after the defeat that he was fine.
"I was afraid that he pulled something, & # 39; & # 39; Boone said. "When he met, he looked pretty good."
Boone and Brett Gardner had similar feelings regarding Gardner's aching left knee before the outfielder went to the IL after five missed games in a row.
Ever since LeMahieu and Urshela were an integral part Yankees, who have suffered an incredible number of injuries this season, can not afford to lose either ̵
If either LeMahieu or Urshela are put on ice, they will have plenty of company.
] Apart from Gardner and Andujar, Yankees are missing Gary Sanchez (groin) and Giancarlo Stanton (knee). The Yankees were also without Aaron Judge (at an angle), Aaron Hicks (back) and Didi Gregorius (elbows) this season.
Without the often injured Jacoby Ellsbury and Greg Bird.
The Yankees survived almost all other injuries thanks to LeMahieu and Urshela.
LeMahieu has already reached a career high at RBIs (71) and his last career high in Homer's (15) season with Colorado, while Urshela continues to produce.
What made the Yankees so successful is the fact that they were well rounded, which was undoubtedly aided by the fact that the players were not overworked and kept their depths.
This will be retested if either LeMahieu or Urshela take a longer break.