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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 6/26/17

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Hicks to the DL; Castro dealing with wrist issue; Holliday’s allergic reaction returns; Sabathia & Bird making progress; Old Timers’ Day roundup

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The Injury Report

New York Daily News | Daniel Popper: Aaron Hicks is on the injury report now. Hicks was forced to leave yesterday’s game early with an oblique injury. After the game Hicks said that his injury will require a trip to the disabled list and he’s looking at about 3-4 weeks before he can get back. To replace Hicks on the roster, the Yankees could call up Jacoby Ellsbury who just started his rehab assignment.

NJ.com | Gary Phillips: Hicks isn’t the only Yankee on the injury report. Second baseman Starlin Castro missed yesterday’s game due to a lingering right wrist injury. Castro’s been dealing with the pain and playing through it for six weeks now, but Joe Girardi thought it would be best for him to get a cortisone shot. The injury isn’t thought to be serious and Castro is expected to be in the lineup today against the White Sox.

New York Daily News | Daniel Popper: Hicks and Castro aren’t the only Yankees on the injury report. Matt Holliday was also forced to miss yesterday’s game against the Rangers. Holliday missed time in Oakland with an allergic reaction to something he ate for breakfast on June 17th and he isn’t fully recovered from that. The Yankees hope to have him back in the lineup today against the White Sox.

New York Post | Dan Martin: Hicks, Castro, and Holliday aren’t the only Yankees on the injury report, though this is good news. Greg Bird ran for the first time since receiving a cortisone shot on his ankle. Girardi feels confident that Bird could resume his rehab soon. Also, CC Sabathia, out with an injured hamstring, threw a 35-pitch bullpen with no issues. The next step will likely be to get him in a simulated game next week. Hopefully both can get back soon and give the Yankees a much-needed boost.

Old Timers’ Day

MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: Yesterday was Old Timers’ Day at Yankee Stadium. So many great Yankee legends participated in the team’s 71st annual Old Timers’ Day. Jorge Posada actually made his Old Timers’ debut. He’s the first member of the Core Four participate in the festivities. The Yankees also held a ceremony to honor Tim Raines who was just voted in to the Hall of Fame.

New York Post | Ryan Lazo: Speaking of Posada making his Old Timers’ Day debut, the former Yankee catcher took some time from his day to give advice to the Yankees’ current catcher. Posada complimented the Yankees’ young star. He said Gary Sanchez has a plus arm and excellent ability to hit the ball and doesn’t think it’s too early to put Sanchez in the conversation as one of the top catchers in baseball. He just said he hopes Sanchez “stays hungry.”

New York Post | Zach Braziller: With every great rookie season comes talk of Kevin Maas. It happened last year with Sanchez and this year with Aaron Judge. Mass has always been used as a way to temper expectations for rookie success stories. Maas said he planned on introducing himself to Judge, but wouldn’t try and give him advice. Though he did offer up that Judge shouldn’t change his approach whenever inevitable struggles rear their ugly head again.

New York Daily News | Daniel Popper: Maas wasn’t the only one talking about Aaron Judge. The whole baseball world has been talking about Judge all season, so it’s no surprise that the Old Timers were all asked about Judge yesterday. Like the rest of the world, all of them were raving about the Yankees’ large adult son. Obviously his power was the focus of the conversation, but they also called out how well he’s handled the spotlight.