The Padres have announced that first baseman/designated hitter Luke Voit has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a biceps tendon injury. Catcher Luis Campusano has been recalled to take his place on the roster.
After excellent campaigns with the Yankees in 2019 and 2020, injuries have been the focus of the Luke Voit story since then. Last year, he made multiple trips to the IL due to various injuries, only getting into 68 games on the year and hitting a disappointing .239/.328/.437. That still amounted to a wRC+ of 111, or 11% better than league average, but was a drop from his 126 in 2019 and 153 in the shortened 2020 season.
The Yankees seemed to give up on considering Voit their everyday first baseman, acquiring Anthony Rizzo in a deadline deal last year and then re-signing him in the offseason. That was followed by flipping Voit to San Diego. In his short time as a Padre, Voit has been dealing with this bicep issue and struggling to a line of .143/.315/.167 in 13 games. He’ll take some time off and try to heal, hopefully coming back more productive.
As for Campusano, he’s considered one of the best catching prospects in baseball. He made his MLB debut last year, struggling in a tiny sample of 11 games. The club already has Austin Nola and Jorge Alfaro available on the roster for catching duties. However, with Voit on the shelf, the DH slot could be used to spread some of the at-bats around. Campusano is off to a great start at the plate this year, hitting .359/.375/.487 in 9 Triple-A games.