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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 5/26/17

Chapman to see doctor today, could throw Saturday; Royals game postponed to 9/26, Ref called up; Ticket sales down; Councilman demands more protective netting; Torres not on MLB radar

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CBS: Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman and his closer’s tummy have been on the disabled list since May 14. Chapman was diagnosed with tendinitis and bursitis in his left shoulder and was shut down for 10 days. He’s now scheduled to see a doctor and be evaluated today. If all goes well, he could begin a throwing program as early as Saturday.

Associated Press via New York Daily News: Yesterday’s finale between the Yankees and Royals was postponed to September 25 due to inclement weather. The game was called extremely early yesterday, likely so Kansas City can stay on schedule and still travel today and so the Yankees could sneak in an off day. Additionally, after Jacoby Ellsbury was put on the disabled list, Rob Refsnyder was officially called up to take his place.

New York Times | Billy Witz: The Yankees are finally back to winning, but they aren’t doing so well in ticket sales. Between 2009 and last season, the Yankees’ ticket and suite sells reported losses of $166 million. Now I’m no expert, but fielding a championship caliber below average team the last few years, the ridiculously high ticket prices, and the team’s COO insulting its fan base probably didn’t help. Put all that together, and losses make sense. Two months of winning won’t solve that.

CBS: During Wednesday night’s win against the Royals, a young boy was struck in the head by a Chris Carter shattered bat in the seventh inning. The boy was sitting a few rows back behind the third base dugout. Earlier in the season, City Councilman Rafael Espinal Jr. announced a bill that would force New York City baseball teams to extend the protective netting past the dugout to the foul poles to avoid incidents like this. Espinal officially introduced his bill two weeks ago and is hoping for a public hearing in September.

New York Post | Dan Martin: When Gleyber Torres was promoted to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Yankees fans were understandably excited. Torres is officially one step away from the majors and Chase Headley should feel the pressure. Brian Cashman, though, says he’s only thinking about Torres in Triple-A for now and not on the major league roster. He still has to pass the Triple-A test, and though he was quickly graduated Double-A, doesn’t mean the same will happen now.