DJ LeMahieu, the Yankees’ versatile infielder, reported feeling healthy after resting his foot this offseason.
Last year, he was hindered by a broken bone in his big right toe and ligament damage in his second toe.
LeMahieu has reduced his reps in the batting cage and field and is confident about his current health.
In the Grapefruit League, he entered Thursday with a .333 batting average and a pair of walks.
Manager Aaron Boone praised LeMahieu’s performance, noting that he hit a home run on Tuesday that was “absolutely crushed.”
LeMahieu has also shown his defensive abilities, effortlessly switching between second, third, and first base.
Last season, he played through his injury, resulting in a dip in his numbers, but Boone said he is a smart and patient hitter.
Jose Trevino, the catcher, returned to the batting tee and soft-toss after spraining his right wrist on March 9, and Boone hopes he will return to the lineup on Tuesday.
Boone sympathized with Mets closer Edwin Diaz, who tore his patellar tendon in a World Baseball Classic celebration, and hoped that the injury would not be linked to the tournament.
Jonathan Loaisiga, the righty reliever, returned from the World Baseball Classic, where he played with Nicaragua.
Boone confirmed that Loaisiga is “right on line” with his progress and would likely pitch for the Yankees over the weekend.
Tommy Kahnle, who has right biceps tendinitis, is expected to resume throwing on Friday.
The Yankees also hope that Carlos Rodon, who has a mild strain of the brachioradialis muscle in his left forearm, will start throwing this weekend.
Both Kahnle and Rodon will start the season on the injured list.»DJ LeMahieu Looks to Rebound After Injury-Plagued Season«