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Voit testing helmet flap after HBP scare

@SlangsOnSports
July 21, 2019

NEW YORK -- Luke Voit was back in the lineup for the Yankees’ 8-4 loss to the Rockies on Sunday, one day after being hit by a pitch that glanced off his shoulder and hit his chin. He went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and made a fielding error in the

NEW YORK -- Luke Voit was back in the lineup for the Yankees’ 8-4 loss to the Rockies on Sunday, one day after being hit by a pitch that glanced off his shoulder and hit his chin. He went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and made a fielding error in the third inning, when Colorado scored four runs.

He had been removed from Saturday’s game in the top of the fifth inning after the hit by pitch in the bottom of the fourth. He underwent concussion protocol and the results were clear.

“When it happened, I just grabbed my face and was like, ‘uh-oh.’... It wasn’t as bad as I thought. Just a scary thing. … I thought, broken jaw, my teeth were going to be all scattered everywhere,” Voit said before Sunday’s game against the Rockies, noting that he seemed to have turned his face away at exactly the right time.

He said that he wanted to stay in the game, though he understood the reason for being removed.

“I told [manager Aaron Boone] before I left yesterday I wanted to play today,” Voit said. He said his chin was a bit sore, but he had no other ill effects.

Voit used a helmet with a flap to protect part of his face on Sunday, something he had never tried before. He said after the game that he just needs to get used to the faceguard part. He spoke with Gleyber Torres and Gary Sanchez, as well as a few other players, about the helmet and what to expect.

“I don’t think it really bothered me today,” Voit said after the game of the helmet. “It’s just getting used to having another object in your hindsight of vision. After maybe three or four days we’ll see how it feels, but I do get pitched up and in a lot, and it could happen again. Hopefully it won’t, but you never know. So maybe if I get comfortable with it, I wouldn’t even notice. That’s what a lot of the guys said, that it takes like three or four games to get used to it.”

Voit said the helmet had nothing to do with his performance, which he called “frustrating.”

“Just a bad day,” he said. “Felt like I let my team down today. Just got to get back to the drawing board tomorrow and have a fresh week.”

Gardner scratched from lineup

Outfielder Brett Gardner was scratched from the Yankees’ lineup on Sunday. Boone said Gardner’s left knee was “barking” after Saturday’s game, but he said that Gardner is day to day.

Gardner had an MRI that revealed inflammation in the knee, but not anything that would merit an injured list stint.

“I could’ve played. [I was] definitely available to play,” Gardner said, noting that it was just soreness. He didn’t have a specific play to pinpoint when it began, but he did say that his ninth-inning catch on Saturday may have aggravated it a bit.

“It’s not even something that I’ve been concerned about,” he said. “Just this morning, didn’t like the way it felt when I woke up.”

Boone said he anticipates Gardner being available when the team heads to Minnesota on Monday, though he didn’t say if the veteran outfielder would be in the lineup when the series begins.

Maybin set to begin rehab assignment; Stanton not close

Cameron Maybin worked out at Yankee Stadium again on Sunday and is set to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The team is off Monday, but he will play for them on Tuesday. Maybin is recovering from a Grade 2 left calf strain.

Giancarlo Stanton, who is recovering from a strained PCL in his right knee, is still moving slowly in his recovery, according to Boone.

“Not baseball activities yet. Just continuing to work on stabilizing things. ... Doing some things within the weight room,” he said.

Stanton has played in nine games for the Yankees this season, first heading to the injured list on April 1 with a strained left biceps, then returning and playing six games before going back on the injured list with the PCL injury.

“He feels like he is making some progress, whereas I think the first couple weeks were a little frustrating and it was slow-moving,” Boone said.

Sarah Langs is a reporter/editor for MLB.com based in New York. Follow her on Twitter @SlangsOnSports.