MINNEAPOLIS — Luke Voit is expected to begin a rehab stint on Tuesday, so his return to first base is not too far off.
And while that’s good news for the Yankees, there’s no denying the continued issues the team is having at first base.
Voit has played in just a dozen games this season, sidelined by a torn meniscus in his left knee and currently a strained left oblique. And even when he played, Voit was unable to find his stroke at the plate, with just one extra-base hit and 15 strikeouts in 50 plate appearances.
The search for a viable replacement has included attempts by Jay Bruce (now retired), Mike Ford (now in the minors), Miguel Andujar (now in left field) and Chris Gittens, the career minor leaguer who could be in the lineup Thursday against Twins lefty — and ex-Yankee — J.A. Happ.
None of those options have proven to be acceptable, which has forced DJ LeMahieu to start the most games at first of any Yankee (19 heading into Thursday).
LeMahieu’s hardships this season are well known and his numbers look even worse when compared to the production expected at first base.