While we wait for a trade that may never come, the Yankees have moved two players back to the injured list, with Luke Voit suffering from a sports hernia and David Hale a spinal lumbar strain. Both were place on the 10-day IL while Jonathan Holder and Breyvic Valera were recalled from Triple-A Scranton in their place.
Voit’s injury appears to be the most serious, with Aaron Boone speculating that the hernia could require surgery that would leave the first baseman out six weeks. The depth at the corners of the infield has taken some serious hits just in the past month. DJ LeMahieu is banged up, Gary Sanchez is on the IL, Austin Romine is entrenched as the starting catcher, and Greg Bird is nowhere to be found.
The first baseman hit .268/.388/.411 with two home runs since returning from the injured list on July 13. He spent time on the injured list after the London Series with an abdomen issue. He maintained production (115 wRC+) but lost a lot of power.
Hale’s injury, meanwhile, comes right as rumors swirl that the big deadline move for the Yankees will be for a reliever. Shane Greene is available, and the severity of the injury to Hale could be the final straw that forces Brian Cashman into a deal.