DJ LeMahieu
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Slick-hitting second baseman, DJ LeMahieu missed the New York Yankees’ last two games with a sore knee but could return Friday.

New York Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu’s knee is still sore, but he thinks he can return Friday against the Minnesota Twins. Erik Boland of Newsday reported the update on LeMahieu’s status.

LeMahieu suffered the injury when he fouled a ball off his knee in New York’s game against the San Francisco Giants last Friday. He played Saturday and went 1-for-3, and started Sunday before being lifted in the third inning. X-rays on the knee came back negative and an MRI only showed inflammation.

Despite that, DJ LeMahieu feels ready for a return soon.

“It’s pretty sore,” he said. “But I think I’m really close.”

The 30-year-old signed a two-year, $24 million deal with the Yankees in free agency after spending the previous seven with the Colorado Rockies. He won three Gold Gloves playing second base for Colorado and also took home the NL batting crown in 2016.

The Yankees, meanwhile, have used LeMahieu all around the infield to strong results. His .310 batting average leads the team and he also has one home run with 15 RBI.

Though LeMahieu was available off the bench in the two-game series versus the Arizona Diamondbacks, he was held out. That was probably for the best as the Yankees currently have 13 players on the injured list, and there was no need to risk adding another key player to that group.

Here’s hoping LeMahieu is able to go on Friday. The banged-up Yankees could certainly use his contact hitting at the top of the order.

Josh Benjamin has been a staff writer at ESNY since 2018. He has had opinions about everything, especially the Yankees and Knicks. He co-hosts the “Bleacher Creatures” podcast and is always looking for new pieces of sports history to uncover, usually with a Yankee Tavern chicken parm sub in hand.