Luke Voit to have knee surgery, Jay Bruce makes the team

So much for all of the debate about Jay Bruce vs. Mike Tauchman. The veteran 1B/OF has made the team, but not for the reason most folks anticipated. Instead, an injury to Luke Voit paved the way for Bruce:

Voit had an MRI yesterday that revealed the meniscus tear. This comes after the first baseman dealt with some knee trouble earlier in the month. One can’t help but wonder if this decision to tag up from second to third made matters worse:

This is a big blow to the Yankees’ lineup, but fortunately, it’s coming at the start of the season rather than the end. Voit could be back at some point in May.

Bruce will be the Yankees’ everyday first baseman for the time being. The soon-to-be 34 year-old has hit .194/.242/.419 with two homers in 33 plate appearances this spring.

To make room on the 40-man roster for Bruce, the Yankees placed Clarke Schmidt on the 60-day injured list (elbow). He suffered a common extensor tendon strain earlier in camp. Meanwhile, the Yankees also released Robinson Chirinos and Derek Dietrich from their minor league contracts.


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  1. Mungo

    Trying to read between the lines, I almost feel that if this happened mid-season or later, then Voit would have tried to play through it. They (or perhaps Voit himself) decided to get this out of the way, or risk a complete tear, which could take him out for a longer at a more inconvenient time.

    As these type of procedures go, I can see him back on the field no later than mid-May, assuming all goes well.

    As for Bruce, well, I guess he’ll have an extended audition to show he can contribute. I suspect the extended audition might show he’s cooked.

    A strong example of why a team should invite multiple players to camp and hold them as long as possible. There’s usually an injury right around the corner.

  2. Dani

    I find it hard to believe that they can’t find someone better than Bruce playing 1st. Heck, I’d rather give Chris Gittens a chance to prove himself than see Bruce struggling to hit above the Mendoza line. I know I’m more annoyed about this than I should be … but I can’t help it 😀

  3. chip56

    Here’s hoping Jay Bruce is Eric Chavez Part 2.

    Watching the Mariners play San Francisco tonight
    A) Can’t believe Scott Kazmir is still a thing
    B) Luis Torrens is going to have a better season than Gary Sanchez…I have no doubt about this.

  4. Wire Fan

    I wonder if this opens the door for Estrada to replace Wade at some point during what will probably be a 3 month absence knowing this crack medical staff.

    Bruce probably shouldn’t be playing against lefties, but right now it would mean Wade’s even weaker lefty bat (DJL to first)… So he will start vs lefties. I think Estrada and DJL is better than DJL and Bruce against lefties.

  5. dasit

    i’m so traumatized by the team’s injury history that when boone says “he has a little soreness” i hear “he has six months to live”

  6. Frankie Ho-Tep

    There isn’t much left to say about how the Yankees misdiagnose and treat injuries. Just add this latest one to the top of the list. Voit has knee soreness two weeks ago, Boone says he’s “good to go” and now he needs surgery. You can’t make it up. Paxton, Judge, Severino, Stanton and now Voit. I know I’m missing some, too.

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