Yankees’ DJ LeMahieu making small progress from foot injury

PHOENIX — On the same day manager Aaron Boone announced that DJ LeMahieu had been diagnosed with a nondisplaced fracture in his right foot, the veteran infielder took a hit in the cage and returned to Tampa to continue his pitching program.

LeMahieu has continued to make small steps since then, as he took a hit in the field on Tuesday and hit a ground ball in the club’s player development facility on Monday.

Boone suggested that the bigger challenge for LeMahieu will be left-right movement on defense.

DJ LeMahieu is slowly making progress in his recovery from a broken bone in his right foot. AP

“Over the last six or seven days, he’s kind of slowed down and he’s been moving in a good direction,” Boone said Tuesday before the Yankees’ first loss of the season, a 7-0 loss to the Diamondbacks. “We even stopped it,” he said. . “We will listen to the pain and the sound of the feet, and he will heal.”

The Yankees maintained that a follow-up MRI scan that revealed LeMahieu’s fracture showed no significant changes from what was thought to be a significant bone bruise.

Boone was asked what would be a significant step forward in LeMahieu’s rehabilitation.

“When he gets out and takes a ground ball and it hurts to do it or he doesn’t push through, I think so,” Boone said. “And the movement is good, too. … That’s a good thing, especially considering him and the lower body, feet and toes that he’s been going through the last few years, where he’s had issues that could lead to something else.” Make sure you’re not playing too hard.”

Gerrit Cole (elbow) is close to starting his pitching program, but Boone has not said when that will be.

Before the Yankees lost 7-0 to the Diamondbacks, Gerrit Cole was all smiles as he watched batting practice. Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The current American League Cy Young Award winner was suspended from pitching for three to four weeks due to nerve inflammation and edema.

“I know he’s moving in that direction,” Boone said. “Everything seems to be going well so far.”

Oswaldo Peraza is looking to start pitching again sooner than expected.

The infielder was initially diagnosed with shoulder tightness and was scheduled to miss pitching for six to eight weeks, but the Yankees announced this on March 9.

But Peraza is now scheduled to begin his pitching program on Wednesday, marking four weeks since he last held a baseball.

Peraza has been hitting recently, but he plans to add pitching to his rehabilitation menu in preparation for a return to action.

Once Peraza is fully healthy, he could be optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

The 23-year-old was competing for a spot on the bench in camp before his injury, but the Yankees have since traded for utility man John Barty, and Oswaldo Cabrera is off to a strong start.

Oswaldo Peraza AP

The Yankees designated reliever Nick Ramirez on Saturday before trading him to the Dodgers for cash.

The Yankees signed former Mets relief pitcher Phil Bickford to a minor league contract on Tuesday.

The 28-year-old right-hander was targeted by the Mets when they signed J.D. Martinez, but was released last week.

Bickford will report to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.



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