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Luke Voit returns from injury, Gio Urshela hits the IL with groin strain

The first baseman missed a month of action

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The Yankees announced on Friday that first baseman Luke Voit has returned from his rehab assignment in the minor leagues. To open up a spot on the roster, the team placed infielder Giovanny Urshela on the injured list, retroactive to August 29, with a left groin strain.

Voit ended up missing a month of action because of a sports hernia. He initially went down on July 30 in a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, and a MRI confirmed the diagnosis at the time.

Voit has been one of the most productive players of the season for the Bombers, hitting for a triple-slash line of .278/.392/.493, with 19 home runs and 54 RBI.

Urshela, one of the team’s brighest stars in 2019, left Wednesday’s game against the Mariners after feeling tightness when running to first base on an infield single. He will hit the shelf with a slash line of .331/.370/.555, 18 homers, and 67 RBI.

Such has been the Yankees’ luck with injuries in 2019. When the team welcomes back one of its injured stars, it loses another one. Urshela should’t miss too much time, though, and DJ LeMahieu should take good care of third base while he’s out recovering.