Well, if there was consternation about Luke Voit not making the All-Star team, we can set those complaints to the side for now. The Yankees moved their first baseman to the 10-day injured list with an abdominal strain this morning, confirming his injury suffered in the London Series was worse than originally thought.
Voit pulled up short after a double in the first game against the Red Sox and left immediately, with many of us hoping it was purely precautionary. That’s not the case, and the Yankees are down yet another star player for the time being.
Nestor Cortes Jr. and Mike Ford were both recalled from Triple-A Scranton, Cortes as the official corresponding move for Voit due to the ten day option rule. Mike Ford will fill in for Voit at first, and he’s had a great year with the Railriders, posting a 166 wRC+ sandwiched between a stint with the major league club. It is notable, to me anyway, that the Yankees have kept Clint Frazier at Scranton despite losing Giancarlo Stanton in the outfield and Edwin Encarnacion capable of holding down first base.
Cortes, meanwhile, will take over Chance Adams’ spot on the pitching staff, as the young right-hander found himself optioned back to Scranton after a lackluster London Series. With no pitcher officially listed as a probable starter for Wednesday’s game against the Mets, we may see Cortes work part of that game.