Luke Voit may be back in the big league squad as early as next week. The first baseman who is recovering from surgery to repair the meniscus in his left knee, started his secondary league rehabilitation task on Tuesday night, going 2 to 3 with a walk and a one-two in Triple’s defeat. -A Scranton for Syracuse.
“We have an outline of how we think the next week will be for him. He’s doing DH tonight, so he’s probably going to play five or six entries on the field tomorrow, so I think he’s off duty and it’s seven, DH and then nine, ”said Yankees coach Aaron Boone. “So, I would say that in the next seven, eight days, he will probably play five or six games, hopefully get stronger and then, hopefully, you know, be in a position to make a decision and hopefully be able to join us at some point of the trip. “
Voit was operated on in the last week of March and the timeline was always for him to return in mid-May. The Yankees certainly missed their baton. He led all baseball with 22 home runs in the 2020 season, shortened to the 60-game pandemic. He cut .277 / .388 / .610 last season.
Initially, the Yankees indicated that they would send Voit to their new affiliate in Somerset, but Boone said it made more sense to have Voit with the Triple-A team.
“Everything was better aligned, frankly. Just all the factors involved in that, ”said Boone. “It only works better if he goes to Syracuse.”
Kyle Higashioka was back on the starting line-up against the Astros. The Seeker is clearly moving into the starting role in place of Gary Sanchez, but Boone said it was just an everyday decision.
“It is something that I do not take lightly. I’ve been thinking a lot, I talk to the coaches and the team, ”said Boone. “Obviously, with the day off, I had more time to think about it and how I wanted to launch the start of this series and I felt like I wanted to go with Iggy tonight and Gary tomorrow.
“There’s a lot of thought in that,” Boone continued. “It was a difficult decision for me, frankly, and that is how I am dealing with it in my day-to-day life with both. I hope you both play, share the position and try to put them in the best position to help us succeed. “
By the numbers, it is not a difficult decision.
Sanchez went 0 to 3 with a hike and an elimination on Sunday. He is hitting 0.180 / 0.324 / 0.295 with two home runs. Higashioka went from 0 to 3 on Tuesday night and is now cutting 0,243 / 0,364 / 0,649 with four homers. It was the third time that Higashioka caught Domingo German. They have an ERA of 2.50 in the three matches. With Sanchez behind the plate in two of his matches, German pitched for 9.00 ERA and went through seven combined entries in both matches.
Overall, Yankees pitchers have an ERA of 1.64 with a batting average of 0.180, with Higashioka behind the plate. They have a BAA of 0.224 and 3.92 working with Sanchez.
FASTER START UP
Jordan Montgomery has put himself in a hole in the last two matches. In Cleveland, he dropped out of three races in the first round. In Baltimore, it was just one.
But it took the southpaw to look at himself and see how he can get started faster.
“In college I used to throw about 50 shots into the bullpen. Just to be ready for the first inning and treat it as if it were the third inning, ”said Montgomery. “I thought about it, I criticized my pre-game and bullpen routine a little bit. And Gerrit (Cole) and Cory (Kluber) helped me with that, the kind of things they do and the kind of mentality going on throughout the day. So, I’ve been working on it for sure. ”
Montgomery said that Cole and Kluber explained their pre-start routines and why they practice them.
“I never had one,” said Montgomery. “I was just going to throw a number of pitches. But it can be completely different with each game. “