Yankees place Luke Voit on IL, call up Nestor Cortes, Mike Ford

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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.)

J.D. Martinez can’t out-wait Cortes (MLB.TV)

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.


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  1. JG (Ben Francisco)

    Why not Frazier?

    • Rich

      2 reasons that I can think of. Cashman has an unhealthy hatred of Frazier and there is no DH the next 2 games. If Frazier is not up and DHing for the 4 games in Tampa it is malfeasance on Cashman’s part!!!

      • CountryClub

        Cashman is unemotional. If he wanted Frazier gone, it would have happened long ago. Frazier can’t play 1b, why would he get called up to replace Voit? And since he won’t play every day in the OF, it’s better for him to get regular ABs in AAA.

        • Rich

          He doesn’t need to play 1st. EE and “LeMachine” have that covered. With Stanton and Voit on IL there is room for Frazier to play everyday at
          DH starting Thursday! People can rationalize it anyway they want but there is no good excuse to not have Frazier’s bat in the lineup while Stanton and Voit are both out!

          • RetroRob

            Actually, there is a “excuse,” which CountryClub outlined. If you think Cashman hates Frazier, you haven’t been paying attention to his words. We’ll see how this unfolds, but it’s much more likely Cashman is just moving pieces around he thinks are best. Fans are the emotional ones.

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