The return of Luke Voit appears imminent.
Not long before Voit put on another clinic during his rehab assignment — going 2-for-5 with a home run, a double and three RBI for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Sunday — Yankees manager Aaron Boone hinted that the first baseman would see his first big-league action of the season when the Yankees face the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on Tuesday.
Then, the Yankees telegraphed the move when they demoted utility player Miguel Andujar to Triple-A.
Asked how excited Boone would be to have reigning MLB home run king, Voit, back in the lineup, Booner repeated himself.
“Very, very,” he said.
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“He obviously is an impact hitter,” Boone said, “an impact bat and just adds a little bit more length, a little bit more heaviness to our lineup. It’ll be good to get him back. Feel like he’s in a good spot physically. He’s been able to rack up a lot of live at-bats now this week. Looking forward to getting him, for sure.”
Voit will have wrapped up his rehab hitting .389 (7-for-18) with three home runs, six RBI and five runs scored in 18 at-bats.
And he will return to a place where he liked to hit. In 12 career games at the Trop, Voit has hit .297 (11-for-37) with three doubles, a home run, six RBI, nine walks and 11 strikeouts. As of late Sunday, Tampa Bay hadn’t announced its probable starting pitchers.
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When will Urshela and Odor return? Both players worked out early before Sunday’s 3-2 win over the Nationals at Yankee Stadium. Boone said “that’s the hope” when asked if he thought Urshela (knee) could be ready for Tuesday. Rougned Odor seems a bit further off. Side question: When Odor returns, who gets demoted: Mike Ford or Tyler Wade?
Aaron Judge’s health: While Boone said Judge was still dealing with “lower-leg stuff” and that it was part of the reason he didn’t start Sunday’s game, it truly seemed like he’s OK. Judge had no problem working a ninth-inning, pinch-hit walk. And it makes sense to get him a little extra time off — Sunday, and Monday’s off day — before he has to play three straight games on turf at Tropicana Field. The Tampa turf has given him issues before. It’s tempting to sound the alarm on Judge whenever he sits out — and especially since he’s in a 2-for-24 slump — but it’s not a panic button situation at the moment.
Latest on Darren O’Day: Seems like it will be weeks before O’Day touches a baseball. The Yankees put him on the injured list with a right rotator cuff strain on May 1. Boone said that while “everything’s going well, making improvements,” O’Day is still “a ways off from being able to start throwing again.”
Good time to catch the Rays? Tampa Bay has been nothing but trouble for the Yankees lately, but there’s reason to think that could change. Yes, the Rays swept the Yankees at the stadium in April and are 5-1 against them this season. Yes, the Rays have won six straight series vs. the Yankees (since Sept. 24, 2019). But Tampa Bay hasn’t…