The Yankees have placed 1B Luke Voit on the 10-day injured list with an abdominal strain. New York has also sent down RHP Chance Adams and called up LHP Nestor Cortes Jr. and 1B/DH Mike Ford.
The Voit move is retroactive to June 30, meaning he will be eligible to return on July 10, the day after the All-Star Game. Therefore, Voit could just miss this week’s games, though the team will inevitably be cautious with his injury suffered during London Series Game 1.
Voit has proven himself to be more than a one-hit wonder this season with a .901 OPS that likely deserved more All-Star consideration in a weak year for AL first basemen. The injury almost certainly knocks him out of Home Run Derby consideration.
The IL move allows the team to bring back Cortes before he’s been down in Triple-A for 10 days on his option. Cortes saw an excellent outing against the Red Sox fall apart in London when he faced the second time through the order, but the southpaw has been a revelation for New York as the bulk guy in opener games. (Shameless Plug: Wrote about him for YESNetwork.com last week, so you can check that out.)
Meanwhile, Ford has been raking in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre with a .318/.426/.650 batting line and 19 home runs to lead the RailRiders. He was set to play in next week’s Triple-A All-Star Game as well as participating in their Home Run Derby, though he’ll surely take the time in the Majors over that opportunity.
The first baseman spent a few weeks in the Show from April to May and showed his prodigious eye at the plate with eight walks in 37 plate appearances. Overall, he hit .179/.378/.321 with one homer in 10 games, his first appearance in the Major Leagues.
Adams allowed four runs in 2/3 innings in Sunday’s 12-8 Yankee victory over the Red Sox after getting called up for Cortes.