Injury Update: Kluber & Voit Edition
Despite Wednesday’s game being rained out, there was still some big news out of the Yankees’ clubhouse, and – unfortunately – it wasn’t good. Kluber’s no hitter was being heralded as his big return from the last few injury-riddled years, however, that appears to have been premature.
Kluber was pulled after three innings on Tuesday, after he threw 58 pitches and admitted to some tightness in his shoulder. He was sent for an MRI and is now headed for the IL for at least eight weeks with a subscapularis strain. The Yankees are sending the pitcher for another MRI in the hopes of ensuring nothing is missed. This means the Yankees are going to have to lean on Michael King or Deivi Garcia to fill in over the next couple of months.
Alas, that wasn’t the only disappointing news for the Yankees. Luke Voit is also headed back to the IL with a Grade 2 right oblique strain that seemingly came out of nowhere. He had mentioned likely missing the weekend series for the upcoming birth of his child, but nothing about an injury. Also, at this point we might need to start a Paternity Corner, as Voit will be the third Yankee to have a child in the past two weeks.
While Voit supposedly first felt something on Saturday, you have to wonder if it is merely the symptom of something bigger. The first baseman has struggled to produce much offense in his 12 games since his last trip the IL. He is hitting .182 and only has one home run, making the point that he is hitting too many ground balls and felt like he “couldn’t really let it go how he wanted to” at the plate. It’s hard to know when Voit will be back, but I’d be wary of a quick return.