Luke Voit missed the first 34 games of the season after left knee surgery during spring training, and now the Yankees first baseman is headed back to the injured list after an MRI exam revealed he has a Grade 2 right oblique strain.
“He’s going to be down a little bit,’’ manager Aaron Boone said Wednesday, before the Yankees and Blue Jays had their game postponed by a bad forecast in The Bronx.
Boone said Voit began to feel discomfort in the area Saturday. Voit started and played eight innings on Sunday before being removed for defensive purposes and was at first base for all nine innings of Tuesday’s loss to Toronto following a day off Monday.
Voit didn’t say anything about a potential injury following Tuesday’s game, but noted he might miss the team’s upcoming series at Detroit due to the impending birth of his child.
But Boone said Wednesday that Voit had told him following Tuesday’s game that he “couldn’t really let it go how he wanted to” at the plate.
“With all he’s been through just to get back,’’ Boone said. “He had such success with the knee coming back, to have a setback to land him on the IL, he’s very frustrated. Hopefully it’s not something that keeps him down too long.”
It’s the latest in a growing list of injuries for Voit, who led the majors with 22 homers in 2020. He missed time with a core muscle injury in 2019, which impacted most of his second half. And, despite his production a year ago, he dealt with plantar fasciitis for much of the season.
This spring, he suffered a partially torn left meniscus, which required surgery.
Since his return, Voit has slumped. Prior to the latest injury, he had just eight hits — and just one extra-base hit — in 50 plate appearances, with 15 strikeouts.
On Tuesday, Voit said he’d been hitting too many ground balls and striking out too much, but was hoping to restart his season on Tuesday.
He’ll have to wait a while longer.
DJ LeMahieu, back from the paternity list, was in the lineup at first base before Wednesday’s rainout and Boone said LeMahieu and Mike Ford would share time at first in Voit’s absence.
Miguel Andujar could also be used there, but the Yankees also have been depleted by injuries in the outfield, so Andujar also will be needed there. He was slated to start in left field on Wednesday.
Boone said the Yankees would “mix and match” at first base.
“We’ll kind of piece it together,’’ the manager said. “Put our best foot forward to try to win games every day.”
Third base coach Phil Nevin, who has been sidelined by COVID-19, was scheduled to fly back to New York on Thursday, according to Boone. Nevin has been quarantining in Tampa since he was diagnosed while the Yankees were playing at Tampa Bay.
Nevin is expected to rejoin the Yankees when they return from their weekend series against the Tigers.
“He’s doing well,’’ Boone said.
Pitching coach Matt Blake and first base coach Reggie Willits also tested positive for COVID-19. Both have returned, as has Gleyber Torres, the lone Yankees player to test positive during the recent outbreak that affected nine members of the organization.
Giancarlo Stanton ran the bases at the Stadium on Wednesday and though Boone didn’t rule out his return from a strained left quad for Thursday’s doubleheader against the Blue Jays in The Bronx, he said the team would “probably wait until Friday” to put the DH back in the lineup. … Aaron Hicks was scheduled to have surgery to repair the torn sheath in his left wrist Wednesday. The procedure is expected to end the center fielder’s season.