New York Yankees unsure of injury progress due to MLB shutdown

NEW YORK – The Major League Baseball lockout has left the New York Yankees unaware of how DJ LeMahieu, Aaron Hicks, Jameson Taillon and Darren O’Day are progressing after their respective surgeries.

Hicks, in rehab from a May 26 operation to repair a tendon in his left wrist, hit .265 (13-for-49) in 12 games for the Dominican Winter League’s Leones del Escogido in late November and early November. from December. He had a home run, nine RBIs, four walks, 10 strikeouts and two steals.

LeMahieu underwent sports hernia surgery on October 12, Taillon had surgery on his right ankle tendon on October 28, and O’Day underwent surgery for his left hamstring on July 21, the same day. that outfielder Tim Locastro underwent surgery to repair a torn right anterior cruciate ligament.

“I don’t have any contact with them, so I don’t know,” manager Aaron Boone said during a conference call on Wednesday about his renewed and expanded coaching staff.

MLB told teams not to contact players on the 40-man rosters and removed all images of those players from websites.

The baseball lockout began when the collective bargaining agreement expired on December 1. Boone doesn’t expect the team to evaluate the players until the work stoppage is over. It’s unclear if spring training will begin as scheduled on February 16.

“We tried to put our guys in the best position in terms of our coaches at the time to have those conversations and put plans in place as we headed into Dec. 1,” Boone said. “I hope they have prepared programs and things that they can follow and that they are in a good position once everything is resolved, but we have not had contact. Obviously, it is not ideal that we cannot have that contact and know how everyone is, but we should get a decent idea in those early days of what we’re dealing with. “

Boone’s 11-man coaching staff includes newcomers like third base coach Luis Rojas, first base coach Travis Chapman, hitting coach Dillon Lawson, assistant hitting coaches Eric Chavez and Casey Dykes and coach. pitching assistant Desi Druschel.

Among those who stayed were bench coach Carlos Mendoza, pitching coach Matt Blake, bullpen coach Mike Harkey, catchers coordinator Tanner Swanson and assistant coach Brett Weber.

Lawson spent the past three seasons as the Yankees’ minor league hitting coordinator.

“He’s had a very, very strong impact on our minor leagues,” Boone said. “One of the things that sucks about the lockout, obviously, is that he can’t continue to build those relationships. But before the lockout started, we had him on board and he was already starting to develop those relationships with the guys and he was able to have some meaningful sessions and conversations. “

Chávez, a six-time Golden Glove third baseman who last played in 2014, is projected to play a role beyond his title.

“He has a very good perspective on the game. He has a very open mind,” Boone said. “I see him a bit like a Swiss Army knife. He’s going to have a lot of different responsibilities. He’s going to have his hands in a lot of different things. It’s a role that I think is going to evolve as he allows it.”