The New York Yankees remain cautiously optimistic that infielders DJ LeMahieu and Matt Carpenter will return ahead of the playoffs. according to MLB.com. The Yankees will end their regular season schedule on Wednesday, October 5.
LeMaye, who hasn’t played since Sept. 4 with a sore toe, is with the Yankees in Toronto in their series against the Blue Jays. The Yankees were looking at the series as a potential return for LeMaye, but that obviously wasn’t going to happen. However, manager Aaron Boone expressed some optimism about his return. “I feel like he will come back in some way, in one form or another, and then we will see what we have,” he told reporters.
Just last week LeMaye told reporters that his toe has gotten a little better., and that he intended to keep striving to return. “I don’t think it’s really going away at this point,” he said of his condition. “Just be ready and let them know how I feel. I’ll be ready to go any day.”
LeMaye has appeared in 120 games this season, hitting .262/.358/.381 (112+ pps) and 12 home runs. According to Baseball Reference, his contribution is valued at 3.6 wins over replacements.
Meanwhile, Carpenter has not been seen since August 8 after breaking his leg while hitting a ball. The Yankees continue to look at the season’s finale against the Texas Rangers next week as a potential comeback date. Boone warned that there was a long way to go before the Yankees knew for sure if it was possible.
Carpenter was one of the biggest surprises of the pre-injury season, hitting .305/.412/.727 (217 OPS+) with 15 home runs in 47 contests.
The Yankees entered Monday with a 94-58 record in the regular season. They could win the American League East, and Aaron Judge could hit a record-breaking home run against the Blue Jays on Monday.