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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 5/22/17

Torres promoted to AAA; Girardi had knee surgery; Judge makes great diving catch; Mitchell up, Gallegos down; A-Rod would pick Judge over Conforto

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Newsday | Erik Boland: The Yankees’ top prospect is officially one step closer to the major leagues. After an extremely impressive spring training, Gleyber Torres was originally sent to Double-A Trenton to start the season. After a successful stint with the Thunder, the Yankees have officially promoted Torres to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. | Brendan Kuty: Not sure if anyone has, but I don’t think anyone can ever question Joe Girardi’s dedication anymore. Apparently the Yankees’ skipper had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee on May 17th. It’s unclear how Girardi was injured, but the surgery didn’t cost Girardi to miss any games. He hid it pretty well, especially when considering his outburst following his ejection on Saturday.

New York Post | George A. King III: Aaron Judge has done nothing but impress this season. His home runs, his poise, his attitude, everything about the Yankees’ right fielder has been praised and that includes his defense. On Sunday, Judge made what was likely the game-saving catch with an incredible diving play in the sixth inning. It was definitely one of the most exciting catches of the year and even Evan Longoria, who hit the ball that led to the catch, said "not much you can do but tip your cap." | Brendan Kuty: Before Sunday’s game against the Rays the Yankees made a move to help their depleted bullpen. The Yankees called up Bryan Mitchell and sent Giovanny Gallegos down to Triple-A in exchange. The move was needed after the team was forced to get six innings from their bullpen on Saturday following another poor Masahiro Tanaka start.

New York Daily News | John Harper: This past week, A-Rod called his first two games as an analyst in the broadcast booth during the game. He called one Yankees game against the Royals, and on Saturday he joined Joe Buck to call the Mets/Angels game. He was asked if he’d prefer which of the two young New York outfielders he would prefer in the long haul: Michael Conforto or Aaron Judge? His answer: Aaron Judge, of course.

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