The Yankees will head into Game 162 and beyond without DJ LeMahieu.
The team put LeMahieu (sports hernia) on the 10-day injured list Sunday ahead of their critical regular-season finale against the Rays.
LeMahieu would not be in play to be available unless the Yankees — who entered Sunday fighting for a wild-card spot — advance to the ALCS.
Manager Aaron Boone on Saturday had been hopeful that LeMahieu would be able to get back in the lineup on Sunday.
“Just felt like in the end, he’s just too compromised right now,” Boone said before the Yankees hosted the Rays on Sunday. “He’s willing to do whatever. … I just feel like in the end, he’s too compromised to be able to play at a level close to what we would expect out of DJ.”
LeMahieu, who last played Thursday and was diagnosed with the hernia Saturday, will need surgery to address the issue after the season ends.
On Sunday, Rougned Odor started for LeMahieu at third base and Gio Urshela shifted to shortstop. The Yankees called up right-hander Luis Gil to take LeMahieu’s roster spot, adding extra bullpen depth for Sunday’s big game.
Boone said LeMahieu went through a warmup Sunday morning and even took some swings before the Yankees ultimately decided to put him on the IL shortly after noon.
Boone said it was a difficult conversation to have with LeMahieu, but the veteran was willing to do whatever the Yankees felt was best.
“Today was tough coming to that realization and decision,” Boone said. “He means so much to our team between the lines and the person he is. So it’s difficult. But it creates another opportunity for somebody to step up.”
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