Yankees' Aaron Boone on Luke Voit: 'Feel like he’s in line to join us next week'

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Luke Voit celebrates latest home run with DJ LeMahieu
Luke Voit celebrates latest home run with DJ LeMahieu

Yankees 1B Luke Voit just started his rehab assignment withe Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday, and well, he's already raking.

The slugger launched his first home run on Wednesday since undergoing meniscus surgery on March 29 in yet another multi-hit game. He hit a double in his first at-bat in with the RailRiders on Tuesday, going 2-for-3 as well.

Aaron Boone loves to see that right away, as it only confirms Voit could be joining the Yanks to make his season debut during the road trip next week.

"Luke’s in a good spot," he told reporters before the Yankees' game agains the Houston Astros on Thursday afternoon. "Like where he’s at. Again, I do think it’s important with the lay off that he does get some consecutive at-bats and log some at-bats down there. Feel like he’s in line to join us next week.”

The Yankees have been erring on the side of caution with Voit, as they don't want to rush him back. He said so himself recently as well, knowing he needs to build endurance if he wants to stay with the Yanks throughout the rest of the campaign.

"I'm sure they'll make me play four or five (innings), kinda like spring training, and make me build up to seven in a couple games," Voit explained last Friday. "But I've been hammering the (pitching) machine a lot, trying to get my timing back, and got some live BPs yesterday so it felt good to get back in the box."

Stanton in the No. 2 hole

Since Boone has dropped Giancarlo Stanton in the two hole in the lineup, he's on an 11-game hit streak, hitting missiles left and right, and most importantly, giving a much-needed charge to an offense that's been looking more like itself recently.

But, when asked about that move in the lineup, Boone said there really wasn't anything fancy or analytical that made the switch happen.

"Just for the heck of it — a little bit of that honestly. Obviously, we got off to a tough start offensively the first two weeks or whatever of the season collectively as a group. So it was a little bit a case of changing, switching some things up. A little bit for the heck of it.”

Severino to face live hitters soon

Luis Severino will be facing live hitters very soon, says Boone. It's expected to be Tuesday or Wednesday so long as Severino's rehab continues to progress.

Also, Boone says he has a "little bit of a gray outline" on when Sevy could be back in the rotation.

"I think I do have a little bit of a gray outline, but I think it’s still obviously significant steps to be taken and nor will we with it," he said. "I will just say he’s doing well and progressing like we’d all hoped [he would].”