In what’s been a sad reality for the New York Yankees, fan-favorite Luke Voit has been unable to stay healthy ever since arriving from the St. Louis Cardinals via trade back in 2018.
Don’t get mad at us! We’re just telling you the facts. Out of a possible 284 games, Voit has only been able to suit up for 186 due to various ailments.
It’s not his fault. He wants to play every day. He’s pumping iron in the weight room like a maniac. Sometimes, players just endure trouble with their physical health. It’s unfortunate that it’s happened to someone as valuable as Voit.
At the moment, he’s on the shelf with a Grade 2 oblique strain, which he suffered shortly after undergoing knee surgery during spring training. Ugh.
Luke Voit injury update: Yankees star dealing with bone bruise
Yes, the bad luck is back! Voit has been on the IL since the second half opened, hitting the pine with a bone bruise at the exact same time his teammates were placed on the COVID-IL.
Voit had previously been out from May 26 to mid-June after returning from May 11-25 after fighting off his initial knee problem.
Aaron Boone remains optimistic. Us, less so.
Voit has a lengthy injury history and it’s important we enumerate everything he’s gone through since 2018.
Luke Voit Injury History
Luke Voit sports hernia, July 2019
At the end of July during the 2019 season, Voit hit the injured list due to a sports hernia, which required surgery. That cost him pretty much the entire month of August (with the exception of eight at-bats), and then he endured a 1-for-32 slump to cap off the year during the final two weeks.
And that sealed his fate for the postseason. He was left off the roster.
Luke Voit “foot stuff,” most of 2020
Sure, this was kind of funny, but it wasn’t enjoyable watching Voit hobble around the bases after an MLB-leading 22 home runs in 2020. Dubbed “foot stuff” but the Yankees training staff and Voit himself, the slugger dealt with a nagging foot issue all season long, though he only missed four games in the shortened 60-game season.
It didn’t affect him in the Wild Card series, but once the ALDS rolled around, he batted just .111 with a .533 OPS in five games against the Rays.
Luke Voit partial meniscus tear, March 2021
Now, for this season. It’s been a mess. Early on in spring training, Voit, who was already dealing with knee soreness, decided to aggressively tag from second to third on a not-so-deep fly ball to left field. He slid hard into third base, and we can assume that further aggravated whatever he was dealing with.
Towards the end of the spring, it was determine he needed surgery to repair a partially-torn meniscus, which was believed to keep him out until June. But he returned in the middle of May, only to get shelved again by …
Luke Voit grade 2 oblique strain, May 2021
Obliques are no fun. It’s also no fun when you get devastating injury news out of nowhere, but that’s what happened. Yankees fans were awaiting an injury update on Corey Kluber’s shoulder, which forced him out of his first start following his no-hitter, and then the Yankees decided to sneak in that Voit was hitting the IL with a Grade 2 oblique strain.
Classic Yankees. But here we are. Waiting for Voit to return to provide some stability and lengthen this lineup to bring the offense back to where it once was. The last thing we want is him to return too soon, however, because further injury troubles will really derail his 2021 campaign.