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Yankees place LeMahieu on IL, Andujar called up

Another one bites the dust.

The Yankees have placed DJ LeMahieu on the injured list with a left thumb sprain — he injured the thumb last night in an at bat against the Red Sox.

It really is a damn shame because so far this season, LeMahieu had been hitting .411/.456/.534 good for a 177wRC+, which is bonkers. He was probably the team’s MVP of the season so far, and now he’s going to be unavailable for at least 10 days. Don’t be fooled though, all hand injuries are tough, and there is a possibility that this things lingers on.

The corresponding move for DJ’s injury is the return of Miguel Andujar. I don’t expect Andujar to play much in the field more than a few times as the Yankees will probably use him at DH mostly.

The player that will benefit the most from LeMahieu’s injury is Tyler Wade. I expect him to fill the starting second base job in LeMahieu’s stead. So far this season, Wade has shown off his wheels more than a few times and has hit a bit as well (.286/.375/.357). Maybe he will continue to progress with the bat. Somewhere, Scott Reinen is smiling.