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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 6/19/17

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Finally leaving the West Coast; Torres on the DL; Chapman reinstated; Yankees draft strategy

New York Yankees v Oakland Athletics
“Get out of my way! I’m trying to get to New York!”
Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

New York Post | George A. King III: Finally, the West Coast trip is over. Going into the West Coast trip, the Yankees were riding a five-game winning streak and are now returning home in the midst of a six-game losing streak. Almost everything that could’ve gone wrong during this road trip, did go wrong. Thankfully the Yankees are back in the Good Time Zone now, and their strong home record gives them a good chance to turn things around.

MLB.com | William Boor: Saturday night, the Yankees got some bad news that Gleyber Torres was removed early from a game with a hyperextended left elbow. Though x-rays game back negative on Torres, the organization officially placed him on the 7-day disabled list. He’ll see Dr. Christopher Ahmad today for further evaluation. Hopefully it’s nothing too serious and he’ll be back in action soon.

New York Daily News | Mike Mazzeo: Aroldis Chapman was officially reinstated from the disabled list on Sunday. Some criticized the Yankees for having Chapman fly all the way to Oakland for one game since the team was heading back to New York right after the game. However the Yankee bullpen, outside of Dellin Betances, had struggled during this road trip so they welcomed the help.

New York Post | Mark W. Sanchez: Both the Yankees and the Mets focused on pitching in this year’s draft. The Yankees have three top prospects in MLB’s Top 100 prospects, but all three are position players. Having a lot of top position players in the system already, however, allowed them to focus on pitching this year. Their strategy here was to stockpile on pitchers and see how many can stick. Not the worst course of action.