Another day, another injury. We already were waiting for the news on Corey Kluber’s MRI — it’s not good — but now, we’ve also come to find that Luke Voit has a grade 2 oblique strain. I had initially speculated that he was out of the lineup prior to postponement for paternity leave as his wife was scheduled for induced labor by Friday, but nope. Voit will return to the injured list after missing a good chunk of time already because of knee surgery.
I guess we will see more Mike Ford and perhaps Miguel Andújar at first. Or, more DJ LeMahieu at first base and Rougned Odor at second base. But what about Chris Gittens? Can’t envision a better chance for him. There’s no timetable for Voit yet, but figure it’s gonna be a while.
Meanwhile, Kluber has a subscap strain in his throwing shoulder. The righty didn’t sound too concerned about the tightness he felt in last night’s start, but now, he’ll be shut down for four weeks. That means he’ll also need another four weeks of build up, per Aaron Boone. Probably won’t be seeing Kluber until August at the earliest, and it absolutely sucks. He was pitching really well with the no-hitter being the high point. I know folks will point to the no-no being the root cause of the strain, but I doubt it. He only needed 101 pitches to throw those nine innings. He’s a late 30s pitcher with shoulder trouble already last year. It was the risk the Yankees decided to take, and it had looked like it was going to pay off in a major way until now.
So, expect to see Deivi García and Michael King duke it out for Kluber’s vacancy. Then, once Luis Severino returns (hopefully around the All Star break?), Sevy will jump in.
Is everyone having fun yet?