With DJ LeMahieu covering for Luke Voit at first base, the New York Yankees have had to tailor their approach towards winning. The Bombers’ utility man has done a decent job filling in for the injured Voit and Edwin Encarnacion, but his ability to move around the infield and provide players with time to rest was essential before the injuries.
The Yankees have had severe issues with injuries all season, and I imagine the contagion won’t take a minute off from forcing minor league players into starting roles. Lucky enough for manager Aaron Boone, players like Gio Urshela and Cameron Maybin have risen to the occasion.
When will the New York Yankees get their starting first baseman back?
Boone, who stated that the injured Voit could come off the injured list next Friday, is still working through his minor league rehab assignment.
“The way we have it mapped out, there is a chance he could join us that Friday when we start the homestand,” Boone said, according to the NY Post.
Part of keeping players healthy and minimizing fatigue is giving them time off, and forcing a natural second baseman in LeMahieu to play first is not ideal. Success in the playoffs depends on health and consistency, so gaining Voit back should provide a significant boost to the team.
Before Voit hit the IL, he was batting .278 with 19 homers and 54 RBIs. He was/is an integral part of the lineup and team, offering immense power and a supplement to the other power-hitters inconsistencies. With Giancarlo Stanton out and Aaron Judge struggling, Voit’s return will be significant for the continued success of the team.