New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone said first baseman Luke Voit won't be relegated to the bench as the team makes its push for a playoff spot.

Boone's comments come in the wake of Voit saying Tuesday that he deserves to be in the lineup just as much as deadline acquisition Anthony Rizzo.

"Luke and I have talked," Boone said. "The bottom line is hopefully we continue to get guys back and we remain healthy. The bottom line is Luke's gonna play a big role on this team moving forward. I think you can all kind of look at it, envision him in the lineup a lot. Whereas you're moving guys around, giving a guy a day here or there, and Luke factors into that a ton."

Voit isn't in the lineup Wednesday against the Boston Red Sox as Rizzo makes his return from the COVID-19 IL.