Luke Voit exhibits off new take care of taking fastball to the face


Luke Voit had a brand new look Sunday, however the identical outcomes.

After being hit within the face with a pitch Saturday, Voit was again within the lineup — carrying a face guard for added safety.

The very fact he began was hardly a shock, contemplating Voit didn’t go away the sport instantly after Chad Bettis’ 91 mph fastball brushed his face in Saturday’s win.

Voit stated he was “all good” earlier than the Yankees misplaced to the Rockies, 8-4, on the Stadium.

He added he thought it might be worse initially.

“When it occurred, I grabbed my face and I used to be like, ‘Uh oh,’ ” Voit stated. “However then it wasn’t as dangerous as I believed. Only a scary factor. I believed [it was a] damaged jaw and my enamel had been going to be all scattered all over the place, however nothing.’’

The primary baseman acknowledged he was lucky to not have been significantly injured on the play within the fourth inning. He stayed at first base, scored on a Gleyber Torres single and was changed within the fifth. Voit went into the concussion protocol and handed all assessments.

He likened it to “a punch within the face’’ and felt sore Sunday morning.

“I dodged a bullet and obtained fortunate,’’ Voit stated. “I feel it deflected just a little, however I simply turned my face on the proper time, too, so I deflected just a little bit. It’s nonetheless scary.”

For that cause, Voit wore a face guard Sunday, much like ones utilized by Gary Sanchez and Torres.

“It’s good,’’ Voit stated after going 0-for-Four with two strikeouts. “I’m simply attempting to get used to it. I attempted two completely different ones out earlier than the sport. One’s just a little increased than the opposite one with the face guard.’’

He didn’t blame his efficiency on the brand new helmet.

“Only a dangerous day,’’ stated Voit, who additionally made a expensive error at first. “I really feel like I let my staff down as we speak. I’ve simply obtained to get again to the drafting board [Monday] and have a recent week.”

He nonetheless has only one extra-base hit since getting back from an stomach damage on July 13.

Voit expects to proceed to see excessive pitches up and in.

“It’s occurred in all probability 30 instances this 12 months, so it’s simply how they’re pitching these days,’’ Voit stated. “That’s how they pitch me and [Giancarlo Stanton], for one more instance. Simply up and in, down and away.”