DJ LeMahieu, Rockies second baseman, headed to DL with oblique injury
The Rockies’ dramatic 11-10 win over Arizona Friday night came with a high price.
Leadoff hitter and two-time Gold Glove second baseman DJ LeMahieu is going back on the 10-day disabled list after sustaining an oblique injury.
LeMahieu, 30, was pulled from the game before the third inning, after flying out in his first two at-bats. It was LeMahieu’s second injury in the past week. He was a late scratch from last Saturday night’s game against the Mariners because of lower-back stiffness. LeMahieu played on Sunday, the final game before the all-star break.
Manager Bud Black said the current injury is “a little bit different” than the back problem .
“This is more an oblique situation,” Black said. “It looks like we’re going to put DJ on the disabled list. That is not ideal for us, but it’s reality. We’ll make the adjustment from a team standpoint, and the guys will pick DJ up, as we do pick each other up. That’s a tough blow for us and DJ.”
Black said the Rockies will make a corresponding roster move on Saturday when LeMahieu goes on the DL. Utility infielder Pat Valaika replaced LeMahieu Friday night.
Black is hopeful that LeMahieu’s oblique injury is not serious.
“The severity of it is such that it might not be lengthy — fingers crossed on that,” Black said. “It doesn’t look like a six-week or eight-week oblique strain.”
This marks the third time this season LeMahieu will spend time on the DL. The second baseman missed eight games from April 28-May 8 because of a right hamstring strain. He then missed 15 games from May 14-June 1 because of a left thumb strain.
LeMahieu, who’s making $8.5 million this season, is eligible for free agency at the end of the season. He won the 2016 National League batting title with a .348 average, but has tailed off a bit this year. He’s batting .278 with eight home runs, 22 doubles and 34 RBIs.