The tapered Luke Voit sharpens the hype of the "Elite" Yankees


The bilateral core operation at the end of October was not voluntary for Luke Voit, who suffered from an abdominal disorder at the end of June that put him on the list of injured people until mid-July. Voit returned to the shelf on July 31 and missed almost a month with a sports break.

However, according to the first baseman, the procedure not only resolved the problem, but in conjunction with post-surgery rehab also significantly improved other areas of his well-built 6-foot-3 frame at £ 225.

"I've never felt better in my life. It's all. I feel faster, more agile and my strength is back, ”said Voit of the Post as he drove through Atlanta on Saturday on the way from Missouri to Tampa.

Voit, who turns 29 on February 13, doesn't just pump around his body.

"One of the best teams in baseball," said Voit when asked about the 2020 Yankees. "It's an elite team, an elite that starts pitching, and an elite lineup."

After a solid performance of 39 games in 2018, when the right-hander introduced himself with a .333 (44-for-132) goal with 14 homers, 33 RBIs and a pinstripe OPS of 1.095, Voit .280 (113- for-429) with 17 homers, 50 RBIs and an OPS of 0.901 in his first 78 games last year when he strained his abs after striking a double against the Red Sox in London on June 30, two IL stays , Voit was active but did not play against the twins in the ALDS and was removed from the Yankees list for the ALCS against the Astros.

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Luke VoitCharles Wenzelberg / New York Post

Given that the Yankees used the IL 39 for 30 players (both MLB records) at different times last season, it was not surprising that Voit was not the only one who needed surgery after the Yankees was in sixth game of the ALCS by which Astros were eliminated.

Masahiro Tanaka had a bone spur removed from the right elbow. As with Voit, the right-hander is expected to be ready when Pitcher and Catcher report to George M. Steinbrenner Field on February 12. Aaron Hicks & # 39; right elbow required surgery from Tommy John and is not expected before June. In the first round of a seven-year, $ 70 million deal, Hicks was limited to 59 games due to a lower back problem and an elbow problem. He was not on the ALDS list, but was active for the ALCS.

A year ago, Voit and Greg Bird were preparing to prepare for the starting job. They both kicked off, but Bird only played in April 10 games, went to the IL (Left Plantar Fascia tear) and never returned. He has no contract and is still a free agent.

With the squad rising from 25 to 26 this season, there could be room for lefties to beat first division team Mike Ford to make his way into the Big League club. He looks heavy at 6 feet and 225 pounds, but the Yankees believe Ford's power is real after beating 12 homers with 25 RBIs and posting an OPS of 0.909 in 50 big league games.

With a right-handed heavy cast, Ford could stay as First Baseman / DH.

However, DJ LeMahieu was in first base last season, although he was new to the position. LeMahieu initially started in 28 games, but after Gleyber Torres moved up from second to second and replaced Didi Gregorius, LeMahieu became the regular second baseman.

The Yankees plan to see Miguel Andujar in first training and left field in spring training after Gio Urshela took third place and delivered a solid season on the record and in the field. After finishing second in the 2018 AL Rookie of the Year race, Andujar's 2019 season ended on May 12 due to surgery on his right shoulder.