Voit already went to the injured list with an abdominal strain earlier this month, though he returned after missing the minimum amount of time. The 28-year-old’s offensive production has dipped somewhat since he came back, but not to an alarming extent. Voit has slashed .278/.392/.493 (135 wRC+) with 19 home runs in 416 plate appearances this year, giving the Yankees their most productive full-time first base option since a brief Mark Teixeira resurgence in 2015.
New York replaced Voit on Tuesday with Gio Urshela, but he doesn’t figure to line up at first regularly if the former’s forced to head back to the IL. Urshela, after all, has unexpectedly emerged as a valuable third base regular for the Yankees. Meanwhile, the club has designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion and infielder DJ LeMahieu on hand as more logical first base possibilities. Those two and Mike Ford, who’s currently in the minors, handled the position during Voit’s brief absence a few weeks ago.