Luke Voit Injury Update

 

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After missing the last month and a half due to knee surgery from a left meniscus tear suffered during spring training, the reigning MLB home run king approaches his 2021 debut in Tampa next week against the Rays. His presence could provide an extra jolt to a Yankees lineup that has shockingly struggled to begin the season. Luke Voit finished the 2020 regular season with an MLB leading 22 home runs, a slash line of .277/.338/.610, and an OPS of .948 which is comparable to the red-hot Giancarlo Stanton. A New York roster lauded for its outstanding depth from the 1 to 9 spots in recent years can't seem to get any production outside of the top of the lineup. Especially from the first base spot that has seen a rotation of DJ LeMahieu, Mike Ford, and the now retired Jay Bruce, with the latter two combining for a paltry .100/.086/.267 and 6 RBIs, to 20 strikeouts. Even if Voit cannot repeat his 2020 pace, anything is better than what the Bombers have gotten so far. It looks like King Louis will hit the ground running into his MLB debut, starting his rehab stint with a 4 for 6, 2 RBI start in Scranton, including a game opening double in his debut and a home run on Wednesday night.  

Returning Voit to first base will also allow DJ to man second base more, which is even more thin with the recent ugly injury Tuesday to INF Rougned Odor. Manager Aaron Boone and hitting coach Marcus Thames are starting to turn around this stagnant lineup, but it has a long way to go if they want to achieve their ultimate goal of a championship; hopefully, Voit can be part of the catalyst to make that happen.


Maxx Hotton

 

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