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DJ LeMahieu likely to return to Yankees' lineup sooner than Gio Urshela

DJ LeMahieu of the Yankees strikes out to

DJ LeMahieu of the Yankees strikes out to end the third inning against the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium on Friday. Credit: Jim McIsaac

MIAMI — Aaron Boone indicated Sunday that he anticipates DJ LeMahieu will be back in the starting lineup Monday night when the Yankees start a three-game series against the Orioles at the Stadium.

Gio Urshela, probably not.

"He’ll go out and run and do some things today [pregame Sunday], he was in getting treatment this morning already, and when I talked to him, he felt even a little bit better," Boone said of Urshela. "So certainly moving in the right direction. Whether he's in there [Monday night] or not, I feel better about DJ being in there potentially tomorrow, maybe not quite yet with Gio. But we'll see."

Urshela, who last started Thursday afternoon against the Rays in St. Petersburg, has been battling a sore hamstring. LeMahieu, whose last start also was Thursday, has been dealing with a triceps strain. LeMahieu did some pregame defensive work before Sunday’s game and also took batting practice on the field. He entered the game as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning and went 0-for-2.

"Good news [Saturday] from what we got on the MRI," Boone said of LeMahieu. "Continues to improve. I would expect him in the lineup probably tomorrow, and certainly being an option for us [Sunday]."

German to IL

Domingo German, who allowed two runs and two hits in four innings Saturday, was placed on the injured list Sunday morning with right shoulder inflammation. Nestor Cortes Jr. was slated to be bumped from the rotation with the acquisition of lefty Andrew Heaney, but for now, it appears as if he’ll stay put until German returns. Righty Albert Abreu was brought up as the corresponding roster move.

Heaney on Ohtani

Heaney, acquired from the Angels just before Friday’s 4 p.m. trade deadline, will make his Yankees debut Monday night at the Stadium. He smiled when he was asked if he learned anything from playing with Shohei Ohtani.

"He’s kind of in a class of his own, he does things his own way," Heaney said. "I would say, if I knew how to throw a 90-mile-an-hour splitter, I would do it. But I can't and I don't so, yeah, guy’s just a freak. It's hard to emulate that."

Frazier latest

Clint Frazier, who has undergone what seems like nonstop testing since coming out of a June 30 game against the Angels with complaints of dizziness, was slated to be sent to Tampa on Sunday or Monday, Boone said, with the hope the outfielder can start a rehab assignment shortly thereafter. There still is plenty of mystery surrounding exactly what’s been plaguing Frazier, so nothing can be declared for certain.

Asked if the Yankees ever got a final diagnosis, Boone said: "Just more visual, neurological stuff, so a lot of things exercise-wise that he's doing to put himself in the best position to go out there and perform day in and day out."

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