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Yankees’ Luke Voit in tough spot with Anthony Rizzo on way back

CHICAGO — Luke Voit isn’t finished but.

With Anthony Rizzo anticipated to undergo his cardiac workup on Monday in The Bronx in advance of coming off the COVID injured checklist, Voit’s standing with the Yankees seems to be to be shaky once more.

“We’ll see how it unfolds,’’ Aaron Boone said of Voit’s role once Rizzo comes back. “Hopefully Rizzo is getting close.”

That was earlier than Voit had considered one of his most efficient video games of the season with a homer, two singles and a pair of runs scored and two RBIs in a 5-3 win over the White Sox on Sunday at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Voit known as his scenario “a tough spot.”

He remained with the Yankees following Rizzo’s arrival earlier than the July 30 commerce deadline.

“I’ve done so much for this organization, I didn’t think it was a possibility,’’ Voit said of losing his job at first base after leading the majors with 22 homers last season. “That’s what happens when you only play 30 games at the deadline. That’s the business part of it. I still want to do all I can for the guys.”

Luke Voit celebrates his two-run homer on Sunday.
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Voit appears resigned to the actual fact he’ll be relegated to pinch hitting and an occasional begin at DH when Giancarlo Stanton is in left discipline — as he was once more on Sunday.

But he stated his mindset has improved since he initially realized of the commerce.

“When it first happened, I had just started playing games again,’’ Voit said of his comeback from left knee inflammation. “I was very frustrated and just in a bad place mentally. … It’s very easy to drift off and go into a bad place.”

But he’s continued to indicate up early to work on his swing.

“You by no means know what occurs in this sport,’’ Voit stated.

Because he was rehabbing for many of Rizzo’s time in The Bronx and Rizzo has been away from the crew with COVID, Voit stated the 2 haven’t talked a lot.

“I know he’s a good player and a good dude,’’ Voit said. “He told me the same thing happened when he was in San Diego and he got pushed to the side. We’ve both got to do our jobs.”

Voit stated he expects to speak to Boone in some unspecified time in the future earlier than Rizzo returns.

“The biggest thing is to focus on the here and now,’’ Boone said of Voit following the game. “We know what a good hitter he is. He had a big, impactful game for us today. There’s no question it’s been a tough year for Luke with the injuries … and not getting traction [at the plate].”

That was very true going into Sunday, with Voit hitless in the primary two video games of the collection, with six strikeouts.

“I felt like I was in 0-2 counts a lot and swinging at everything,’’ Voit said. “I got in bad habits fighting the knee injury.”

But he added he hasn’t lost confidence.

“I’m capable of doing damage,’’ Voit said. “This year has been a grind for me.”

And there’s no telling how the remainder of the season will go.

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