TAMPA – The Yankees will be without Luke Voit to start the season due to knee surgery, manager Aaron Boone said Saturday, which means veteran Jay Bruce will open the year as the first baseman.
30-year-old Voit is being operated on to repair a partially torn meniscus in his left knee. He will be banned from baseball activities for at least three weeks.
Boone said Voit played through the left knee injury he suffered during camp, but the swelling recently returned and he had an MRI scan that showed the tear .
« He’s decided to clean it up, » said Boone. « In terms of the calendar, he thought it best to get it over with and take care of it for most of the season. »
33-year-old Bruce, who has a $ 1.5 million contract Dollar ends up on the roster after missing the last two days of camp as the Yankees’ 40-man roster approached.
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