In case you missed it, the New York Yankees placed first baseman Luke Voit and reliever David Hale on the 10 day injured list. Voit is on the IL with a sports hernia, and Hale is on with a lumbar strain.
Yankee skipper Aaron Boone didn’t have much concern about Hale, saying he should be back in no time. But things get a bit more complicated with Voit.
The team is in a 24-48 hour waiting period with him to see how the injury repairs itself in that time span. Then, they will look at it again to decide if he will need surgery. If he does, he likely wouldn’t be healthy again until the postseason. If results come back clean, he should be ready once the 10 days end
Voit sustained the injury on a swing in Tuesday’s loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks. We don’t know exactly how Hale was injured.
To fill the two roster spots, the team has recalled Breyvic Valera and Jonathan Holder from AAA.
Valera is a versatile infielder who the team claimed off of waivers early in the season from the Giants, then proceeded to rake in AAA. Valera appeared in a Yankee uniform last time Voit was sidelined by an injury, so in mid-July.
Holder is still a work in progress after his poor start to 2019, but has fired a scoreless major league inning since initially being sent down in June.
It’s good that Hale should be back soon because he has made a quiet but great impact in the bullpen. Losing Voit for the rest of the season could be devastating, and here’s to hoping for positive results.