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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 6/15/17

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CC Sabathia has a Grade 2 hamstring strain; Greg Bird might stay in Triple-A to work on his swing; Didi Gregorius is quietly having an amazing offensive season; Girardi is not concerned about Judge entering the Home Run Derby

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Newsday | Erik Boland: On Tuesday, CC Sabathia had to be removed from the game due to injury. The Yankees sent him for an MRI and CC was diagnosed with a Grade 2 hamstring strain. This is the same injury Sabathia had in September of 2013. Although nothing has been officially announced yet, these injuries usually take about 4-8 weeks to recover from. This is a tough blow to the Yankees. Outside of a small rough patch, Sabathia has been one of their most reliable starters, recently going 5-0 with a 1.11 ERA in his past five starts. We’ll keep you updated as this story continues.

New York Daily News | Mike Mazzeo: Chris Carter has not been winning many people over lately. Quite the opposite. The person we’d like to see replace him, one Greg Bird, is unfortunately still not hitting the ball all that well in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The Yankees might consider keeping him on the Railriders until he gets his swing back. Sadly, that means more Chris Carter unless the Yankees bring up Tyler Austin.

New York Post | George A. King III: Aaron Judge has MVP Chants already and we’re not out of June. He’s doing a lot of things right. One other thing he’s doing is overshadowing Didi Gregorius’ incredible season. Sir Didi is quietly doing amazing on offense and could potentially give Judge a run for the batting title this year. Also, he’s still the best tweeter and his defense is pretty amazing as well.

New York Post | George A King III: Speaking of Aaron Judge, the All-Star Game is approaching and barring unforeseen events, Judge should be attending. Judge should also be going to the Home Run Derby because it was made for people like Judge. Girardi is not concerned with Judge’s swing, being that it’s essentially batting practice anyway. Plus, he always watched BP when Judge swings. They all do. The world should not be denied that pleasure.