DJ to paternity list; Voit headed there soon

May 25th, 2021

NEW YORK -- With all due respect to Aaron Judge, Gary Sánchez and the rest of the 2017 Yankees, a set of real “Baby Bombers” are arriving in the Bronx this week.

Infielder DJ LeMahieu was absent from Yankee Stadium for Tuesday’s series opener against the Blue Jays, with his wife, Jordan, having given birth to the couple’s first child.

First baseman Luke Voit said that he is also expecting to become a father by week’s end, with wife Tori scheduled to be induced on Friday. The couple had a false alarm on Sunday morning that required a hospital visit, but Voit said it was “all good.”

“It’s super exciting,” Voit said. “I still don’t know if it’s a boy or a girl, which makes the anticipation even crazier. I can’t wait to meet my son or daughter.”

Yankees manager Aaron Boone said that the team did not add an extra player to replace LeMahieu, who was placed on the paternity list Tuesday. Voit said that he is prepared to miss this weekend’s series against the Tigers if necessary.

“As of right now, I’d probably miss the trip to Detroit, but that’s not set in stone,” Voit said. “It just depends what happens.”

Infielder Rougned Odor was placed on the paternity list last week, missing Corey Kluber’s no-hitter against the Rangers in Arlington.

On the basepaths
Giancarlo Stanton ran the bases and took batting practice on Tuesday, according to Boone, who said that the designated hitter could be activated from the injured list during this series. Stanton has not played since May 13 due to tightness in his left quadriceps.

“He had a really good day Sunday but hasn’t really run the bases yet. He’s getting close,” Boone said. “We’re just getting through these final couple of days of getting back to playing speed. Bases will be a part of that, making sure we’re fully past this.”

Put me in, coach
Clint Frazier has spent a few sun-soaked Florida afternoons stating his case to play center field during Spring Training, a challenge that the Yankees have thus far resisted. But with the Bombers short-handed in the outfield, Boone said that he has discussed having Frazier fill in for Brett Gardner soon.

“Center field obviously takes the largest skill set to be able to play, but it's also probably the easiest of the outfield positions to play,” Boone said. “It just takes a more unique skill set to play there every day at the big league level, so he has the athleticism to go out there.”

Boone said that he spoke briefly with Frazier about ramping up his pregame workouts in center field on Tuesday.

“I think he's very open to that idea. I think he would relish it; I know he will,” Boone said.

Comeback trail
Zack Britton (recovery from left elbow surgery) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Wednesday. If it goes well, the left-hander could begin a Minor League rehab assignment with Double-A Somerset on Saturday, according to Boone. Britton would need four to six appearances and would not necessarily need to pitch back-to-back days before being promoted.

Outfielder Ryan LaMarre (strained right hamstring) was on the field Tuesday, beginning his rehab process. Boone said that LaMarre is “quite a ways away but is making some good progress; maybe even better than we anticipated.”

He said it
“There’s a reason we keep trying to bring him back every year. He’s a really good player and really valuable with his ability to move around the outfield.” -- Boone, on Gardner

This date in Yankees history
May 25, 1922: Called out attempting to stretch a single into a double, Babe Ruth threw dirt at an umpire, chased a heckler in the stands and finished his tirade by standing on the dugout roof and calling the crowd “yellow” cowards. Ruth was suspended one game, fined $200 (about $1,500 in 2021 dollars) and stripped of his Yankees captaincy, which he’d held for five days.