The New York Yankees have placed Luke Voit on the 10-day injured list after the first baseman suffered an abdominal strain during Saturday’s game in London.
Voit felt discomfort while running the bases in the fifth inning, describing it as “a little tightness, but nothing crazy.” I guess it’s at least a little crazy to require the IL stint. It’s not clear how long he’ll be on the shelf.
Voit is hitting .280/.393/.509 with 17 homers on the season. The Yankees have a couple of options to cover for him at first. They could D.J. LeMahieu over from second or they can play Edwin Encarnación at first and fill the DH slot with any number of folks.
Freddie Freeman‘s elbow began barking in the second half of the season and he was a shadow of himself in the month of September. The Braves rested him for half a minute in the season’s final week but he still played 158 games in 2019. They said he was good to go for the NLDS but he was clearly limited, going 4-for-22 in the Braves’ series loss to the Cardinals.
Today the Braves announced that Freeman underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow on Wednesday. The team said today that the procedure involved the removal of three fragmented loose bodies and the cleaning up of multiple bone spur formations.
It’s not clear if more rest down the stretch would’ve made a difference for him — and it’s not clear that the Braves had options at first base for the postseason that were substantially better than even a limited Freeman — but it’s clear that not having Freeman feeling like himself in the heart of the order was a problem.
Freeman is expected to be good-to-go for spring training.