Yankees first baseman Luke Voit reacts after striking out against Cleveland...

Yankees first baseman Luke Voit reacts after striking out against Cleveland in the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium on Sept. 19. Credit: Noah K. Murray

TORONTO — An already disappointing season for Luke Voit became even worse Thursday when the first baseman/DH, whose playing time decreased significantly after the Yankees acquired Anthony Rizzo at the trade deadline, was placed on the injured list with left knee soreness.

Voit, battling knee issues since spring training, underwent surgery March 29 to repair a meniscus tear in his left knee and did not make his season debut until May 11.

The latest injury occurred in the seventh inning Wednesday when Voit struck out on a ball in the dirt and took off for first, even though there was no point in running because the base already was occupied with less than two out.

"Woke up pretty stiff today," Aaron Boone said before Thursday night’s game against the Blue Jays. "He’s limping around pretty good today. Just kind of aggravated it when he slammed on the brakes there [running]. We think it’s kind of that bone bruise that can be a result of the surgery [in March] that’s kind of been off and on for him. We’ll get more tests when we get back to New York and see exactly what we’re dealing with."

Voit’s at-bat Thursday was his first since Sept. 22, emblematic of the sporadic playing time he has had since the trade deadline. Even with a lefty on the mound, that has not automatically meant a spot for Voit because of the need to keep Giancarlo Stanton in the lineup.

Voit, who now has had three separate stints on the IL this season, is hitting .239 with 11 homers and a .764 OPS in 68 games. He led the majors with 22 home runs in the pandemic-shortened 60-game 2020 season.

Boone said he isn't sure if surgery will be needed in the offseason for Voit, whom the Yankees unsuccessfully tried to deal in advance of the trade deadline.

"I wouldn't want to speculate on that," Boone said. "If it's a bone bruise, maybe [that’s] something that just needs some time. But we'll see what we have when he gets more tests and see what the plan is as far as rehab and recovery."

The Yankees brought up righthanded reliever Albert Abreu, who has a 5.25 ERA in 27 games.

Gallo apparently OK

Joey Gallo, who left Wednesday’s game after taking a fastball to his left forearm in the seventh inning, did not start Thursday but entered the game as a defensive replacement. X-rays and a CT scan taken of Gallo’s forearm late Wednesday night came back negative.

LeMahieu leaves with hip issue

There was one potentially down note for the Yankees on Thursday night despite their 6-2 win over the Blue Jays as DJ LeMahieu, who has been dealing with hip and groin issues in recent weeks, left the game in the sixth with right hip soreness.

"We’ll see if he’s back in there tomorrow," Boone said.

Cortes, Montgomery and TBA

Nestor Cortes Jr. is slated to start Friday’s game against the Rays, followed by Jordan Montgomery on Saturday. Sunday is to be determined, Boone said, with Gerrit Cole a possibility to come back on three days’ rest if the Yankees need the game to get to the postseason.

Attaboy

Tyler Nevin, son of Yankees third base coach Phil Nevin, provided some help for his dad’s team with a two-run single that gave the Orioles a 5-1 lead in their 6-2 victory over the Red Sox on Thursday night. He also walked and scored on Ryan Mountcastle’s three-run homer earlier in the game. The Orioles (52-107) hurt Boston's postseason chances by taking two of three games in their series, just as they hurt the Yankees by winning eight of the 19 games between the teams.

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