Yankees’ DJ LeMahieu a ‘long shot’ for Opening Day with Anthony Rizzo nearing return

Mexico City — Aaron Boone expressed confidence that Anthony Rizzo will be in the Yankees' lineup on Opening Day in Houston, but less so for DJ LeMahieu.

The senior corner infielders are suffering with injuries in the last days of camp, with Rizzo out since Friday with a tight lat and LeMahieu limited by a major bone bruise on his right foot from fouling a ball off it on March 16.

Rizzo could play in the Yankees' Grapefruit League finale Monday in Tampa, according to Boone, but LeMahieu is further away from game action, despite progressing to outdoor batting practice on Sunday.

"DJ's still not there," Boone stated before the Yankees faced Diablos Rojos del Mexico at Estadio Alfredo Harp Helú. "I did some more stuff today, although I'm still sore from it.

"He's certainly a longer shot for Opening Day, but we'll see. As the days pass, it all relies on how much he improves each day."When asked if LeMahieu might play on the disabled list, Boone answered, "Could be, but I don't know."

"If it's only a couple of days [he would miss], then maybe not," said Boone. "Obviously don't have to make that decision for a few more days still." 

If an IL stint is required, the Yankees may push it back three days, allowing LeMahieu to return in time for their home opener on April 5.

In that event, Oswaldo Cabrera would most likely be the Yankees' starting third baseman on Opening Day against the Astros.

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