I mentioned thisof Waiver Wirebut it would have been easy to gloss over since it had yet to yield any fruit
The Padres didn’t activate Luke Voit from the IL Tuesday because they were desperate. They did it because they were convinced he was fixed.
But wait, isn’t this the guy who was batting .143 (6 for 42) before being sidelined by a biceps strain? Isn’t it the one who was performing so poorly on a Triple-A rehab assignment, going 0 for 18 with 12 strikeouts, that the Padres had to rescue him from it?
It is, but what did they do with him after that? According to MLB.comthey had him take 25 simulated at-bats — about six games’ worth — in front of the coaching staff Monday to help him undo some of the bad habits he developed while playing through the injury.
Apparently, it worked, because he homered twice in his second game back Wednesday.
I may not need to remind you of Voit’s credentials given how loudly I promoted them during draft season, but for the sake of completion, I will. He led the majors in home runs in 2020. He hit .271 with a .901 OPS in parts of four seasons with the Yankees, homering at a better pace than Matt Olson during that stretch. He was nothing short of must-start during the times he was healthy.
The Yankees, though, pulled the plug on him, and apparently, Fantasy Baseballers did, too, because he’s rostered in just 56 percent of CBS Sports leagues. Given the short supply of offense, and particularly power, around the league, you’ll want to do something about that.