The Yankees’ offensive production from the first base position has been a black hole in 2021, but they hope to fix that with the return of last year’s home run leader soon.
Luke Voit will begin a rehab assignment on Sunday, Aaron Boone told the YES Network prior to Saturday’s game against the Phillies. Voit has been out since May 26 with a grade two right oblique strain.
Boone told reporters earlier this week that Voit could begin a rehab assignment on Sunday or Tuesday with Triple-A Scranton, and would likely take a week on that rehab assignment before returning to the team. If he does take the field on Sunday, he could be back at the start of the Yankees’ home series against the Royals on Tuesday, June 22. The team is off that Monday.
Voit missed the first five weeks of the season after undergoing knee surgery to repair a partially torn meniscus, and struggled upon returning. In 50 plate appearances this season, he is slashing .182/.280/.250 with one home run. But he led the majors last year with 22 home runs while posting a .948 OPS, and has been one of the team’s most productive bats since arriving down the stretch of the 2018 season.
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