Yankees not rushing Giancarlo Stanton, DJ LeMahieu back

In the midst of a rough stretch both offensively and overall, the Yankees rolled out another lineup Monday without two of their most important bats — without any assurance that either player’s injury will be fully cured in the short term.

DJ LeMahieu missed his second straight game with what imaging on Monday revealed as inflammation in his big toe while Giancarlo Stanton missed a 20th straight game with Achilles tendinitis. Stanton did go through a full pregame workout on Monday for the first time since landing on the injured list, but indicated he would still need one or two more days of that — followed by bouncing back well the next day — before going on a rehab assignment.

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Giancarlo Stanton works out at Yankee Stadium on Monday.
N.Y. Post: Charles Wenzelberg

In the meantime, the Yankees arrived home and lost a 10th game in their last 12 tries with a 4-0 loss to the Rays on Monday in the opener of a key nine-game homestand against the Rays, Blue Jays and Mets.

“Very annoying,” Stanton said of staying patient as the Yankees endure the rough patch. “It’s annoying not playing in general. But you gotta be smart also. That trumps everything.”

That is the approach the Yankees also seem to be taking with LeMahieu. The infielder was 1-for his last-18 before sitting out Sunday’s loss to the Red Sox with a sore right big toe. While Monday’s tests did not reveal anything more damaging than inflammation, he remains in a holding pattern to see if a mix of treatment and orthotics can get him feeling right.

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