Luke Voit on Anthony Rizzo's eventual return: 'I deserve to play just as much as he does'

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All Luke Voit has done over the Yankees' five-game winning streak is drive in runs with clutch hits (including two home runs), slash .353/.421/.706, and continue to try his best to prove why he belongs in the lineup.

But with Anthony Rizzo set to return from the COVID-19 injured list at some point in the near future, there's no guarantee that Voit's everyday spot in the lineup is secure. He wants to be proactive in letting everyone know that he feels it should be.

"I was top-10 MVP last year and I've been a great player for this organization for the last three years," Voit said after Tuesday's huge doubleheader sweep over the Red Sox. "I'm not going down. I want to play. Obviously, I know it will be tough with Rizzo, but I deserve to play just as much as he does."

It's obviously a crowded unit in New York, with the trade deadline acquisitions of Rizzo and Joey Gallo giving the Yankees not only a lot of offensive firepower but also the question of how the lineup should optimally be arranged. One idea, this one courtesy of Giancarlo Stanton, is that he should play in the outfield more so than in the designated hitter slot.

Obviously, a lineup with Stanton, Voit, Rizzo and Gallo is... terrifying, especially when you add in names like Aaron Judge and DJ LeMahieu. This is nothing new. The question now, though, is whether or not the Yankees' front office and management feel as though having all of those names in the lineup and in the field is conducive to the team's success. For what it's worth, the Yankees' Twitter community seems to be think that it is.

It's ultimately up to Aaron Boone, not the fans, and Boone told reporters that they're taking the decision of how to manage Voit and Rizzo's playing time "day by day," (via ESPN). Rizzo could return within the next few days, according to Boone, after landing on the COVID IL on August 7.

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