June 24, 2024

Yankees Lose Veteran Infielder to Severe Injury

The New York Yankees’ infield suffered a significant setback on Sunday when veteran Jon Berti was seen on crutches with a walking boot, signaling a serious calf strain that is expected to sideline him for several weeks.

Berti’s Role and Injury Impact

Since joining the Yankees from the Miami Marlins at the start of the 2024 season, Berti had been performing well, with a .273 batting average and a .322 on-base percentage. He contributed one home run, six RBIs, and a 91 wRC+, proving valuable both offensively and defensively.

However, Berti’s promising season was interrupted by a “high-grade” calf injury, as described by manager Aaron Boone, sustained after grounding out in the ninth inning of Friday’s game. This is his second injury this season, having previously returned from a groin issue. The timing of this injury is particularly challenging for the Yankees.

Yankees' Jon Berti suffers calf injury running to first base

Adjusting the Yankees’ Infield in Berti’s Absence

With DJ LeMahieu expected to return from his rehab assignment and resume his regular position as early as Tuesday, the Yankees have plans to manage without Berti. LeMahieu’s return brings much-needed stability at third base, and Oswaldo Cabrera will serve as his backup.

The Yankees also plan to use LeMahieu’s versatility to provide first baseman Anthony Rizzo with necessary rest periods. This strategic rotation aims to manage player fatigue more effectively, ensuring that key players like Rizzo can recover from minor injuries without significant time away from the field. The Yankees’ depth and flexibility will be crucial in maintaining their competitive edge during Berti’s recovery.

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