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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 4/1/21

Luke Voit undergoes knee surgery; longtime Yankees broadcaster Ken Singleton to retire after 2021; Lucas Luetge makes Opening Day roster; Miguel Andújar hits the injured list

MLB: New York Yankees at Detroit Tigers Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports | Randy Miller: Luke Voit underwent knee surgery on Monday to repair a partially torn meniscus after an MRI revealed the tear as the source of his knee soreness, and he’ll officially start the season on the injured list. Voit’s knee began bothering the first baseman early on in spring training and he made the difficult decision to undergo surgery, even though it meant he would likely miss at least a month. After playing through a foot injury last season, Voit did not want to experience the pain that playing through an injury requires.

NY Post | Andrew Marchand: Ken Singleton plans to retire from the Yankees’ YES broadcast booth at the end of the season (for real this time). The longtime announcer has tried to retire for the past few years, albeit unsuccessfully, each time getting talked into returning in a limited role. Singleton is so beloved and good at his job that YES president of programming and production John Filippelli has persuaded him to work just a few more series in 2021 before hanging them up.

MLB Trade Rumors | Connor Byrne: The Yankees announced that left-handed reliever Lucas Luetge has officially made the Opening Day roster. The team signed Luetge, who last pitched in the majors in 2015, to a minor league contract over the winter, and he really opened some eyes in spring training. Injured reliever Zack Britton was moved to the 60-day injured list to make space for Luetge on the 40-man roster; Britton will miss the first half of the season to undergo surgery to remove a bone chip from his left elbow.

As also noted in the article, Miguel Andújar was placed in the 10-day injured list himself with carpal tunnel syndrome in his right wrist. It’s hardly a surprise, as the Yankees shut him down in the middle of spring training. His timetable for returning to action is unclear.

Also of note: the Mets agreed to a 10-year, $341-million contract extension with superstar shortstop Francisco Lindor. Not directly Yankees news, but earth-shaking league news nonetheless. Holding aside what it means for next year’s free agent market, what it portends for upcoming CBA negotiations, and even what it means on the field, it’s pretty cool to see one of the game’s best deciding upon a team to see out their career with.