Yankees’ Luke Voit can take advantage of Anthony Rizzo’s absence

We are all sufficiently old to recollect when there was going to be no place in any respect on this Yankees staff for Luke Voit, no strategy to match the 2020 MLB house run champion into the lineup following the commerce deadline acquisition of Anthony Rizzo, whose presence had electrified the operation.

But there Voit was at first base and hitting fifth within the order on Sunday, essentially coming off the injured checklist for the third time this season upon the information that Rizzo had change into the fourth Yankee throughout the week to test positive for COVID-19.

There isn’t any trace of impropriety right here, no proof of the Yankees taking part in quick and unfastened with protocols in place. Aaron Boone, the supervisor and thus the general public face and voice of the group, appeared befuddled by all of it, however this newest stretch has absolutely taken a reasonably chunk out of the Apple’s staff with Rizzo becoming a member of Gerrit Cole, Gary Sanchez and Jordan Montgomery on the restricted checklist.

So there is a chance now, maybe short-lived, for Voit to stake some type of declare to at-bats down the stretch out of a crowded bat rack. His shot on Sunday yielded no leads to an 0-for-4 return by which he struck out to go away the bases loaded within the third inning and popped as much as go away two on within the fifth in a 2-0 defeat to Seattle.

Voit was hardly the one wrongdoer on this one by which he and his playmates apparently caught the dreaded Mets illness whereas conspiring to go 0-for-11 with runners in scoring place whereas leaving 11 on by way of The Bronx afternoon. So it’s onto the street for six cut up between the Royals and White Sox following the staff’s second defeat within the final 10 video games and sixth within the final 21.

Luke Voit was back in the lineup Sunday but went 0 for 4 at the plate.
Luke Voit was again within the lineup Sunday however went 0 for 4 on the plate.
Robert Sabo for the NY POST

“Obviously results weren’t there today, I let the team down in two big spots to drive in runs and didn’t do it but I’m glad to be back with the guys, it’s been a really weird year for me,” Voit mentioned. “I’m excited to be back for the playoff push. I feel great. It’s probably the best I’ve felt in a long time.”

Voit started the season on the IL after present process surgical procedure on his left knee to restore a torn meniscus. He performed 12 video games following his May 11 debut earlier than occurring the IL once more with an injured indirect that sidelined him till June 22. Seventeen video games later, he was again on the IL on July 12 with a left knee bone bruise.

In the meantime, the Yankees went by way of a revolving forged at first base earlier than plucking Rizzo from the Cubs. The relaxation was going to be pinstriped historical past till the COVID information that may sideline No. 48 for not less than 10 days.

“I’m finally being able to land on my front leg and stay on my knee, so it’s been good. I feel like was hitting balls the way I was last year,” Voit mentioned about his latest rehab work. “Getting back in it, playing again, playing every day, and yep, get the job done the next time my name is called, for sure.”

Rizzo is down and Gleyber Torres, whose revival continued with three hits on Sunday, could also be down after leaving the sport within the eighth inning with a left thumb sprain he sustained swiping second base within the fourth inning. The 2021 Yankees apparently are usually not allowed to get pleasure from good issues.

If there was going to be a job ready for Voit by way of a lot of his rehab, it disappeared upon Rizzo’s acquisition. It didn’t matter that the 30-year-old righty’s 9.7 at-bats-to-home run fee whereas main the majors with 22 lengthy balls a 12 months in the past was one of the best since Barry Bonds’ 8.3 in 2004. Opportunity was not knocking. Indeed, there have been indications the Yankees had tried to maneuver Voit after getting Rizzo.

The Yankees lineup has plenty of talent when healthy at the same time.
The Yankees lineup has lots of expertise when wholesome on the identical time.
Jason Szenes for the New York Po

But destiny has moved its large hand the best way it usually does when a staff seems to be overflowing with riches. In 2005, the large story was that the Yankees had too many starters for the rotation popping out of spring coaching with Randy Johnson, Mike Mussina, Carl Pavano, Kevin Brown and Jaret Wright lined as much as take the ball. By the tip of the summer time, the staff wanted so as to add Chien-Ming Wang, Shawn Chacon, Aaron Small and Al Leiter to the combo.

The one factor is that you just by no means know.

“[The deadline] was a weird spot. Obviously I’m glad [Rizzo] is on the team,” Voit mentioned. “I get it, I haven’t been round loads this 12 months, I assume there have been the commerce talks as properly and also you by no means know what can occur there.

“But I’m wearing pinstripes today and my job is to come to the field, work my butt off every day and play my heart out so whenever my name is in the lineup, I’m going to give it all.”

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