Jay Bruce’s exit from the line-up continued on Saturday with the Yankees’ 6-3 defeat by the Blue Jays in the stadium.
DJ LeMahieu started in first base for the second time in a row fourth time in last six games. Bruce had started the first eight games of the season on first base, with Luke Voit on the injured list, but the arrival of Rougned Odor – who started his seventh straight game on second base on Saturday, putting LeMahieu in first place – and Bruce’s fights had him looking inside out.
“I think [LeMahieu] is going to get a lot of looks, a lot of time there [on the first base],” said manager Aaron Boone. “I think you can expect to see a lot of DJs there in the near future.”
“We’ll see,” said Boone. “Probably a bit more dedicated to DJ and Rougie out there at the moment. So we have to see. “
Meanwhile, Voit did some light defensive work ahead of Saturday’s game as he worked his way back from surgery on March 29 for a partially torn meniscus. Boone said he should start hitting on Monday.
“It shouldn’t be too far away now,” Boone said. “It’s two or three weeks away, I don’t want to set a schedule. But we certainly like the progress he’s making. “
Outfielder Mike Tauchman also took floor balls at first base on Saturday morning and continued to work on the position.
The Yankees have Mike Ford at the alternate location, but the first baseman cannot be called back until Monday (with the exception of He has to stay down for 10 days after briefly showing up when Gio Urshela was put on the COVID-19 Injury List.
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