DJ LeMahieu was scratched from the Yankees’ lineup just before their series opener against the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday.
LeMahieu was scratched with a stomach virus. The good news is that LeMahieu, who had COVID-19 last year, tested negative for the virus on Tuesday. So any illness that LeMahieu has seems to be a short-term issue, as the Yankees have had recent coronavirus issues.
Originally the first baseman for Tuesday, Rob Brantly will man first in his 2021 debut, and just his third MLB game since 2017.
In his current 30-game on-base streak, LeMahieu is hitting .303 with an .827 OPS. Brett Gardner jumps from the six-hole to the leadoff spot.