While the TV voice of the Yankees, Michael Kay, may return from the injured list by the end of this week, YES has lined up a heavy hitter to help him with his workload.
Bob Costas will work one of next Saturday’s doubleheader games between the Yankees and Red Sox on YES, both Costas and YES president of programming and production John Filippelli told The Post.
Kay, 58, has been muted for what is approaching three weeks after having a nodule removed from his vocal cord.
In a text message, he said he will determine his official next step when he has his follow-up visit on Wednesday. If all goes well, he could possibly be in the booth to begin the Yankees-Red Sox series on Friday. Kay is also the host of his own afternoon drive time radio show on ESPN New York.
In his stead, Ryan Ruocco has picked up the majority of the play-by-play and earned very nice reviews.
On Saturday, Costas would do one game with Paul O’Neill and David Cone, while Kay, if up to it, would do the other.
“This is like an innings limit to me,” Filippelli said of Kay. “We need to manage this, as does ESPN Radio. Michael’s health is our top priority.”
As for Costas, he and Filippelli go back more than three decades when they worked NBC’s “Baseball Game of the Week” and “NFL Live.” After Kay was down, Costas and Filippelli tried to work out some dates and Saturday’s Red Sox matchup was the one that fit, as Costas will do the game the night before for MLB Network.
“I’ll just try and facilitate whatever the nuts and the bolts of the play-by-play are,” Costas said. “Then I’ll let them [Cone and O’Neill] do what they do.”
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