Luke Voit
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New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit could return to the lineup next Friday. He’s been out since July with a sports hernia.

Good news for the New York Yankees as they’re in the midst of a nine-game west coast road trip. Per manager Aaron Boone, first baseman Luke Voit could return to the lineup next Friday.

Voit has been out since July with a sports hernia. The veteran appeared in a rehab game on Friday, playing six innings at first base with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He’s slated to play the designated hitter spot for the minor league affiliate on Saturday.

“The way we have it mapped out, there is a chance he could join us that Friday when we start the homestand,” Boone said this week, per George A. King III of the New York Post.

One of the important things with Voit’s injury is that he didn’t need surgery. If surgery was required, that would mean Voit’s season would most likely be over.

If all goes as planned, Voit would return for a matchup against the Oakland Athletics at Yankee Stadium on Aug. 30. It would be the first of a six-game homestand, which includes two three-game series against the A’s and the Texas Rangers.

Voit has appeared in 94 games this season. He has 19 home runs with 54 RBIs and a slash line of .278/.392/.493. Having him back would be huge for the Yanks, as they try to make a push towards home-field advantage in the American League postseason.

Entering Saturday, the Bombers are 84-46 and are the best team in the American League, sitting atop the AL East division by 8.0 games.

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