Yankees DJ LeMahieu could join Anthony Rizzo on IL

The Yankees officially placed Anthony Rizzo on the 10-day injured list on Wednesday as the first baseman still struggles with a headache that may be from the epidural he received last week in California for treat his lower back problems. The move was retroactive to Saturday.

DJ LeMahieu may not be far behind Rizzo in hitting the IL. His sore right big toe again kept him out of lineup for both games of Wednesday’s doubleheader against the Twins at Yankee Stadium.

“[A stint on the IL is] something we talk about with DJ,” manager Aaron Boone said before the Yankees swept the Twins, 5-4 in 12 innings, 7-1.

In his last 20 games, LeMahieu is 10 for 78 with no extra hits, and he’s just 1 for 29 in his last eight games.

Boone repeatedly called the situation “complicated.”

DJ LeMahieu
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LeMahieu discusses with the doctors the best course of action and whether more time off would help the injury.

Boone said he spoke with Rizzo on Wednesday morning. According to the manager, Rizzo said he feels ‘fine when I’m lying here’ but doctors want him to avoid all activity until Thursday afternoon, following tests carried out on Tuesday to find the cause headaches.

“Hopefully in the next 24 to 48 hours the headaches will subside,” Boone said.

If they do and Rizzo remains symptom-free, he can prepare to return to the roster.

Ronald Guzman got the start at first base for Game 1 on Wednesday and went 0-for-5. Marwin Gonzalez started first in the last drink before Guzman came on defense in the ninth inning.

Guzman was selected from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and added to the active roster (as well as the 40-man roster) on Wednesday, while right-hander Luke Bard was up for assignment.

In his last 29 games with SWB, southpaw Guzman hit .370 with 13 doubles, eight home runs, 25 RBIs and a 1.179 OPS.

Ronald Guzman throws in the Yankees' Game 1 win.
Ronald Guzman throws in the Yankees’ Game 1 win.
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Andrew Benintendi is also on the IL after surgery to repair his hamate bone hook went “as planned,” Boone said.

The Yankees hope the outfielder can return by the playoffs.

They are also hoping for the return of Matt Carpenter, who had his fractured left foot re-examined on Monday. This examination revealed that his foot was not completely healed.

That means Carpenter, who has become an offensive centerpiece after signing with the Yankees earlier this season, won’t be able to begin baseball activities yet.

Boone said Carpenter should have another X-ray in a “week to 10 days” to see if the fracture has healed. Asked about the best-case scenario, Boone said he still believes Carpenter could return to the team this season.

Giancarlo Stanton, still struggling with foot pain, was ruled out of both games. … Miguel Andujar was named the 29th man for the doubleheader. He started Game 1 in left field and went 0 for 4, but did not play in the last drink.

Josh Donaldson was placed on the paternity list prior to the doubleheader. Because the Yankees already had Andujar on the roster, they replaced Donaldson with right-hander Deivi Garcia, who didn’t play in either game. After the doubleheader, Andujar and Garcia were sent back to Triple-A.

Once a top prospect, Garcia pitched terribly at the minors and with the Yankees last season and was sidelined with a hand injury earlier this season at Triple-A.

Garcia, who moved to the bullpen with SWB after being promoted from Double-A Somerset, allowed two earned runs in five innings on a pair of outings after the move.

“He’s thrown the ball well the last two times,” Boone said.

Nestor Cortes (groin) returns from IL to start Thursday and the rotation is close to another boost. Luis Severino started what is expected to be his last appearance in rehab with Double-A Somerset on Wednesday before a scheduled return to rotation. He allowed a first-inning homer but retired the last 10 batters he faced in his four-inning, 45-pitch performance.

Lou Trivino was out with back spasms on Wednesday. The right-hander has dealt with them before, according to Boone, who hopes to find him on Thursday.

Zack Britton threw a scoreless inning, walking one, during a rehab appearance with SWB on Wednesday.

“We’ll see where we are from there,” Boone said of the southpaw’s return from surgery at UCL last year. Boone added that Britton would need “at least several” Triple-A outings before he considered joining the bullpen in the Bronx.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa made his first third base appearance since 2020 in Game 1. Oswald Peraza, just recalled from Triple-A, started at shortstop and had another good game on the field, including a nice charging play on Jake Cave’s slow hopper in the ninth.

Kiner-Falefa followed with a good shot to his right on hard ground from former Yankee Gary Sanchez for the next out.

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