With DJ LeMahieu nursing a sore groin but still on the active roster, the Yankees face another injury to a starting infielder as Luke Voit left in the fifth inning with what the team termed a “core muscle injury”.
“In talking to Luke during the game, when he was coming out, he was having a hard time putting his finger on it,” manager Aaron Boone said to reporters, including Bryan Hoch of MLB.com. “He was having a hard time getting loose before the game, and he didn’t feel like he did anything to it. We’ll wait and see what the results say, and try and get our arms around it.”
The “results” Boone referred to in his remarks to the media are for the MRI Voit was supposed to undergo Tuesday night. The team expects results at some point Wednesday. Voit had missed time in early July with an abdominal strain, but barely missed the minimum 10 days (with most coming during the All-Star break). He also managed to avoid serious injury after a Chad Bettis fastball ricocheted off his shoulder and into his jaw.
The team shifted third baseman Gio Urshela to first base, which is a position he only has two innings of experience at in the big leagues. It’s worth noting that he has a total of 206⅔ innings at first base if you combine the minor leagues and winter ball.
If LeMahieu is healthy enough to play, I’d imagine he slots in at first base to receive the bulk of the playing time. The team can also spell LeMahieu with Edwin Encarnación when they need to. Mike Ford is an option to come up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, where he’s hitting .305/.400/.606 (149 wRC+) for the RailRiders.
At this point, it doesn’t make much sense to speculate what the Yankees will do since there’s no timeline for Voit yet. The MRI results will be significant as the trade deadline will shut off any opportunity for the team to add from outside the organization if it proves they will be without Voit for an extended period of time.