PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — After battling core muscle injuries last year when he was limited to 118 games and underwent multiple MRI exams, a visit to a Philadelphia specialist has provided Luke Voit with a concrete reason why his body bothered him during the season and resulted in postseason surgery.
“He told me I tore everything down there,’’ said Voit, who had two injured list stints.
The first was in July when he suffered an abdominal strain in London against the Red Sox. He went back on the shelf later that month and stayed there until late August with a sports hernia. Voit was active but did not play in the ALDS against the Twins and was left off the ALCS roster versus the Astros.
Voit had a bloop single in three at-bats in Sunday’s 9-7 loss to the Rays at Charlotte Sports Park.
Voit, who hit 21 homers and drove in 62 runs a year ago, said he hasn’t felt this good in a long time, that he is far more athletic and has dropped five to 10 pounds.
He didn’t give Gerrit Cole a fight for the No. 45 that Voit wore the previous two seasons, but he didn’t reveal what the pitcher gave him for the swap. Voit switched to No. 59 to honor his…