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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 6/25/17

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Tyler Clippard is still bad; Ellsbury begins rehab in Triple-A; despite mistake, Girardi believes Cessa pitched well; Tyler Austin excited to be back; could the Yankees and Mets work out a trade for Lucas Duda?; Yankees sign their two top draft picks

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New York Daily News | Justin Tasch: The Yankees had a six-run lead in an earlier game this week. Girardi brought in Tyler Clippard in the hopes that he could find his stuff again. That experiment failed. Yesterday, the Yankees were down by three runs. Girardi brought in Tyler Clippard in the hopes that he could find his stuff again. That experiment failed. It’s now at the point where Clippard cannot be trusted to be a mop. That’s bad. Clippard is bad.

New York Post | Dan Martin: Jacoby Ellsbury began his rehab in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre yesterday. Ellsbury the Railrider went 1-for-3 with a double while playing center field for five innings. He will continue his rehab assignment as the DH today before heading to Double-A Trenton, since the Railriders start a road trip after tomorrow’s game. Thus far, he seems to be healthy. That is good. Concussions are no joke.

MLB.com | Matthew Martell: One bright spot not named Aaron Judge in yesterday’s loss was Luis Cessa. Despite making a costly mistake with Carlos Gomez, Girardi thought that Cessa pitched well over five innings. Cessa struck out eight batters in that time. He is still slated to start on Thursday against the Chicago White Sox.

New York Daily News | Justin Tasch: Tyler Austin was back in the Yankees’ lineup yesterday. It was not the best of comebacks for the young first baseman, as he went 0-for-3 and struck out twice. Austin is still very excited to be back on the team, for obvious reasons. There was a bit of a health scare regarding his thumb. Please stay healthy, Tyler. Our options after you are, well, un-good.

Newsday | David Lennon: The Yankees will most likely be using the time between now and the trade deadline to see both what Tyler Austin can do and see if Greg Bird can get healthy. If neither turn out well, they could conceivably trade for a first baseman. Meanwhile, in Queens, the Mets are all but throwing in the towel on this season. They have a first baseman, one Lucas Duda, that they might be willing to trade. Would the Yankees make such a move? Would the Mets? Would we even want them to do so?

MLB.com | Oliver Macklin: Finally, the Yankees signed their two top draft picks under contract yesterday. Clarke Schmidt and Matt Sauer, who have been called “Schmidt and Sauer Sauce” by way way more people than just me, will now officially begin their pinstriped journey. Schmidt will begin on the DL as he is recovering from Tommy John Surgery. Perhaps Sauer should get TJS just to be on the safe side.