The Yankees announced on Friday that they had returned the first baseman Luke Voit from the injury list and the third baseman Gio Urshela on the 10-day IL due to a left-wing injury Groin area.
28-year-old Voit has not played for a month because at one point a stomach injury occurred that could require surgery. However, instead of undergoing sports hernia surgery, the burgeoning thug was able to rest and rehabilitate the injury so much that he was recently eligible for rehab in a minor league. To say that Voit did not miss a beat might make things quieter. In four games with Triple-A Scranton / Wilkes-Barre he went with two doubles, two home runs and two runs (against two eliminations) with 8 to 1
This was the second time in 2019 that Voit missed the time due to abdominal injuries, but these were the only flaw in an otherwise stellar appearance in his first full season in the big league. In 94 games (416 record appearances) he has beaten with 19 home runs, 16 double and a triple game .278 / .392 / .493. Overall, he has raked a .293 / .395 / .547 clip into Yankee Pinstripes, though the trade that brought him from St. Louis to the Bronx now looks a little less crooked given Giovanny Gallego's ] "own outbreak in the bullpen of the Cardinals".
Speaking of outbreaks (and player named Giovanny): The 27-year-old Urshela broke on the plate this summer. Long acclaimed as a consistent defender with questionable offensive abilities, he not only looked like a potential regular, but was also one of the Yankees' best hitter. In 414 trips to the court he has devastated the MLB pitching with a .331 / .370 / .555 baton.
While his .366 average for balls in the game is still ripe for some regression, Urshela's hard hit rate and average exit speed are both well above the league average. Statcast considers him one of the leading players in terms of the expected average for strokes, the stroke rate and the weight in the base average. In short, he hits with excellent strength and demonstrates a previously unseen level of power. There were offensive leaks throughout the league in 2019 when questions about structural changes to baseball itself emerged. However, it is hard to see how valuable Urshela has been for the Yankees so far.
The Yankees did not provide a timeline for Urshela, so it remains unclear how long he will take a break. Manager Aaron Boone is expected to have an update this evening. In his absence, the Yankees can still rely on a high-quality quartet of Voit, DJ LeMahieu, Didi Gregorius and Gleyber Torres, although the roster is clearly stronger with a healthy Urshela in tow.