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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 5/27/17

Greg Bird headed to Tampa to begin rehab stint; Chapman will start playing catch today; Yankees and other MLB teams not thinking of adding protective netting along the baselines; Romney group tried to get Jeter to ditch Bush

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Around the Empire | Bryan Hoch: The Yankees’ situation at first base has not been that pleasant in 2017. Kenny Crocker wrote about this yesterday. There is hopefully help on the way. Greg Bird will be heading to the Yankees’ minor league complex in Tampa this weekend. He will start his rehab stint there. Bird has already starting throwing the ball, hitting off of a tee, and more. It would sure be nice if he could come back and be the Greg Bird we saw in Spring Training.

New York Daily News | Seth Walder: Continuing with our injury report, Aroldis Chapman will start playing catch today. Chapman has been out for the past two weeks due to rotator cuff inflammation on his left arm. Brian Cashman anticipated him being out a month if everything went well. We’re still waiting to see if everything goes well. Thankfully, Dellin Betances has done very well thus far.

New York Post | Dan Martin: A few days ago, a broken bat hit a young fan in the head. Chris Carter has tried to keep in contact with the family to make sure the fan is alright. The Yankees have no plans to extended the protective netting down the baseline. To be fair to the Yankees, many other teams don’t seem to want to do this either.

New York Daily News | Christian Red: It appears that the Romine-Glavine group have attempted to add another name to their bid: Derek Jeter. Jeter is already part of a group that includes Jeb Bush. Tadd Romney, wanting to do things his way, invited Jeter over to their team a few weeks ago. Rumor also has it that the Romney led group have become sick of the entire process. I, for one, blame Loria.