The Yankees placed Luke Voit on the 10-day IL (retroactive to 6/30) with an abdominal strain.
Voit pulled up legging out a double in the first London game this weekend. We all thought it was a cramp or a hamstring, but it turned out to be an injury to the muscle “below the belly button” which I didn’t know existed.
The Yanks didn’t sound too concerned when asked about it, but they did place him on the injured list Tuesday morning.
Fortunately, with the built in off day and the All-Star break approaching, Voit may miss just seven games if it is just a 10-day stint. By my count, he is eligible to return from the IL on July 10 and the Yanks return from the break on July 12. So in 12 days he would miss just seven games. Not a bad situation.
Voit has hit .280/.393/.509 (140 wRC+) across 78 games this season. Had he not already been snubbed from the All-Star Game, this would rule him out for the All-Star Game as well as the Home Run Derby. That’s a shame.
The Yankees were able to recall Nestor Cortes Jr. before his requisite 10 days in AAA since they added Voit to the IL. They also optioned Chance Adams back down to AAA and recalled the well-liked Mike Ford to take Voit’s spot on the roster, positionally.
Ford, 26, had a short stint in the big leagues earlier this season. He flashed some tools, hitting .179/.378/.321 (88 wRC+) with a homer in 10 games. He showed a unique ability to get on base that has remained true at the AAA level. In 59 games with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre he has hit .318/.426/.650 (166 wRC+) with 19 home runs. That’s nuts. Long-term, he is unlikely to get his chance to play in the big leagues with the Yanks, so I hope he gets a genuine chance soon somewhere. For now, I hope he can rake for a week or two to help fill Voit’s void.