I’m going with the pumped up Luke Voit GIF to start here because I am so tired of the injuries and want to focus more on Voit’s return than Gio’s injury. Today is a classic 2019 day: one Yankee returns from injury, another Yankee goes to the IL. It’s been the rhythm of 2019 all year, and I don’t know why I keep expecting it to change. Anyway, the Yankees activated Luke Voit from the IL (sports hernia) and placed Gio Urshela (groin strain) on the 10-Day IL, per the team:
Okay, so let’s start with the bad news: it turns out, after all, that Gio will need to hit the IL. Remember, he got hurt in Wednesday’s game against Seattle. Urshela, who is hitting .331/.370/.555 (140 wRC+) in 414 plate appearances, believed he could play tonight when asked about it the other day, so hopefully this is just the Yankees being extremely cautious with a big lead. That would be nice, but it’s 2019. I’m not holding my breath.
The Yankees have the IF depth to keep things moving along without Gio, so nothing to worry about there. It is a big blow for him personally as it all but ends any chances he had of winning the AL batting crown. He’ll almost certainly not reach the threshold for qualification now. That’s a bummer, as it would have been fun to watch Gio and DJ battle it out. Oh well. Get healthy, Gio.
It’s great news that Luke Voit is returning, though. It really is. Luke, who just spoke with FanGraphs yesterday about his approach to hitting, is hitting .278/.392/.493 (134 wRC+) on the season. It goes without saying that he’s firmly established himself as a key part of the Yankee offense and it will be good to have him back.
Barring another setback or injury (I honestly can’t even believe he’s playing, when I heard hernia I thought he was done for the year), Voit will even have about a month to get back up to speed against MLB pitching before the playoffs. That worked out well, at least, even if it cost us another productive Yankee to get him back. So it goes, I guess.