Mike Carp opts out of minor league deal with Dodgers

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Veteran first baseman/outfielder Mike Carp, who signed a minor-league contract with the Dodgers two weeks ago, has opted out of the deal according to MLB Trade Rumors.

No word yet on whether Carp has another deal lined up, so it’s possible he decided to leave simply because the playing time in the Triple-A lineup was going to be sparse for the 28-year-old.

Carp put up big numbers in a part-time role for the Red Sox during their championship-winning 2013 season and has a solid .744 career OPS, but hit .175 for the Red Sox and Rangers last season.

Luke Voit avoids concussion after taking 91 mph fastball to face

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Yankees first baseman Luke Voit exited Saturday’s game under less-than-ideal conditions after a 91.4-m.p.h. fastball caught him on the chin in the fourth inning. Following his removal, he passed the standard concussion protocol testing, though the Yankees will likely play it safe with the infielder over the next few days.

With one out and a runner on first, Voit stepped up to bat against Chad Bettis in the bottom of the fourth inning. He had just worked an 0-2 count against Bettis when the mishap occurred — a fastball that deflected off of his shoulder and met his chin. Voit took a few moments to recover, then took first base before he was eventually lifted from the game at the top of the fifth.

Prior to his exit, the first baseman went 0-for-1 with a walk. He was subsequently replaced by DJ LeMahieu, who shifted over from third to first base while Gio Urshela stepped in at the hot corner.

The Yankees currently lead the Rockies 11-5 in the eighth.