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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 5/31/17

Ellsbury progressing; Judge in MVP talks; Torres shouldn’t be rushed; Jeter pushed Bush out of Marlins group; Yanks aren’t feeling down, despite recent bumps; Trying to figure out NYY’s remaining SNB schedule

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New York Post | George A. King III: Jacoby Ellsbury is starting to feel better. It was reported two days ago that he wasn’t ready for baseball activities, and he’s still not, but yesterday was the first day Ellsbury felt no headaches. He also says his neck is getting better every day. There’s still a way to go before he can get back to playing, but this is a good first step.

New York Daily News | Mike Mazzeo: Mike Trout is unfortunately going to miss six to eight weeks with a torn ligament in his thumb. Before going down with injury, Trout and Aaron Judge were tied for the league lead in home runs. Trout was having an exceptional start to the season and looked like the favorite to win the AL MVP. With Trout down, Judge might actually have a chance.

CBS | Sweeny Murti: With Chase Headley struggling and Gleyber Torres promoted to Triple-A, it’s hard not to get excited about the prospect of Torres in the big leagues. When the Yankees do eventually call Torres up, they want him to stay for good, and in order to do that he still has some work to do. He still needs to learn third base and until he’s comfortable there, he shouldn’t be rushed.

Vice Sports | Sean Newell: Derek Jeter is still trying to buy the Marlins. However, his biggest partner in that endeavor is no longer part of that. Reports came out yesterday that Jeb Bush is no longer interested in owning the Marlins and supposedly, Jeter had a hand in Bush’s exit. Apparently Bush had less than $20 million of his own money to contribute and the two were at odds over how much power Jeter would have. Bush did not re2pect Jeter’s authoritah.

New York Post | Ken Davidoff: It’s no surprise that since starting the season 21-9, the Yankees have stumbled a bit recently. The offense isn’t scoring as much and the team is losing some close games. The team, though, isn’t letting that bring them down. As Girardi said earlier in the month, .700 baseball is hard to maintain. This kind of “regression” was to be expected, but there’s still a good feeling in the Yankee clubhouse and this team hasn’t lost any confidence.

Newsday | Neil Best: The Yankees or the Mets have played six of the past eight Sunday Night Baseball games. The early part of the season’s SNB schedule was out in December, but now most Sunday night games are yet to be scheduled. The Yankees still have eight games left that could possibly be flexed into the Sunday night spot, and this is a good guide to try and figure out which are most likely, especially if you’re trying to plan a Sunday afternoon trip to the ballpark.

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