Luke Voit
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Luke Voit is stepping off the IL and into the three hole for the New York Yankees when they battle the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday.

Aaron Case

On Saturday, Luke Voit will play his first game since a Jun. 30 abdominal strain forced him to the IL. New York Yankees fans hope the big first baseman picks up right where he left off.

The 28-year-old slugger suffered his setback in the middle of a 4-for-4 game against the Boston Red Sox in London. The effort raised his slash line to a stellar .280/.393/.509.

ESPN’s Coley Harvey tweeted the Bombers’ lineup out Saturday morning. Voit is batting third, sandwiched between Aaron Judge and cleanup hitter Gary Sanchez:

Although Voit missed 12 calendar days, he only sat out of six games. He can thank travel days after the London Series and the MLB All-Star break for that.

DJ LeMahieu filled in at first base for three of the games Voit missed, and Edwin Encarnacion took the other three.

The Bombers played .500 ball without their first bagger, going 3-3 against the New York Mets, Tampa Bay Rays, and Toronto Blue Jays.

Voit has crushed a career-high 17 home runs so far in 2019 to go along with 50 RBIs and 53 runs scored. Those numbers were good enough to get him to the second round of All-Star voting; however, he lost out to Cleveland Indians’ first baseman Carlos Santana.

None of that matters now, though. Voit is back and ready to hit some balls to Detroit, as Yankees radio voice John Sterling likes to say.

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