Durable LeMahieu Headed to Disabled List for Third Time This Season

Second baseman DJ LeMahieu had never been on the disabled list in more than seven big-league seasons between a cameo appearance with the Cubs in 2011 and his time with the Rockies, starting in 2012.

This season, however, has been a pain -- literally.

LeMahieu is headed to the disabled list for the third time in his career -- and third time this season. LeMahieu was scratched from the Rockies lineup on Friday, the first game back from the All-Star Break, and after the game manager Bud Black said LeMahieu suffered an oblique injury.

"The severity of it is such that it might not be lengthy," Black said in his post-game media session. "It doesn't look like a six- or eight-week oblique situation."

Black did not say who would be called up to replace Black, but earlier in the season, the Rockies did call up infielder Daniel Castro from Triple-A Albuquerque. Known for his defensive excellence, Castro hit only .174 in 18 games with the Rockies, with a double, home run and six RBI. In regular playing time at Albuquerque, however, he has hit .333.

In his seventh year with the Rockies, LeMahieu has hit .301 with the team, including winning the NL batting title in 2016 with a .348 average. A two-time All-Star and Gold Glove winner, LeMahieu was on the disabled for the first time in his career April 28-May 8 with a right hamstring strain, and May 14-June 1 with a sprained thumb.

He also was a scratch last Saturday against the Mariners at Coors Field due to lower back stiffness, but returned to the lineup on Sunday. Black said he did not feel there was any tie to the current injury and last weekend.