Yankees' Luke Voit Avoids Surgery, Will Begin Rehab Assignment Next Week

Alex Greenberg
August 16, 2019 - 5:00 pm

Luke Voit hasn’t played since the end of July because of a sports hernia, but it seems like he’ll be back in action sooner rather than later.

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The Yankees first baseman has avoided surgery and will next week begin a rehab assignment with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, New York’s Triple-A affiliate. He spoke about his contiuing recovery before Friday night’s game with the Indians at Yankee Stadium.

“I know I am going to take batting practice there (Scranton) first, I think the plan is to play Thursday and Friday,” said Voit.

Voit was seen taking batting practice, running the bases and doing fielding drills earlier in the afternoon. He claims he knew he wouldn’t need surgery after running on the field for the first time since his injury.


Before being knocked out of the lineup, Voit had been hitting .278 with 19 home runs and 54 RBIs on the season. His injury came on July 30 in a game against the Diamondbacks.

The Yankees have held their own without Voit, just as they have throughout the cascade of injuries that they have experienced since before this season even began. Still, Aaron Boone will want all hands on deck as October looms in the distance.

Boone also spoke to the press Friday before the game with the Indians about Voit's progress.

"We've been really excited about Luke over the last week kind-of realizing that it looks like he's going to be able to get back," said Boone. "When we leave Sunday to go to the West Coast, he's going to go to Scranton."

Still, Boone insisted that a timetable for Voit's return hasn't been set. 

New York will try to respond Friday night to the 19-5 battering they took at the hands of Cleveland on Thursday.