USA Today | Kevin Santo: Move over, Mike Trout. Aaron Judge is officially better than you. Okay he’s not but Judge has taken over as the top vote-getter in the American League after the latest All-Star Game ballot updates were released. Obviously Trout’s injury pushed Judge past him, especially considering Trout isn’t slated to be back until after the game anyway. Judge still trails Bryce Harper in overall votes, nonetheless this is pretty cool for Judge.
New York Post | Dan Martin: Greg Bird’s return from his ankle injury looks to be on the horizon. While the team still won’t put an exact timetable on when they expect him to return, but there was some good news. Bird’s rehab has officially shifted from Single-A Tampa to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. As of yesterday, Girardi said he had yet to play a full nine innings in the field or back-to-back games in the field, so his return isn’t necessarily around the corner. They must feel confident in his health and ability though, if they’re ready to move him up from Tampa.
New York Daily News | Mike Mazzeo: Help is on the way for the Yankees's bullpen as well. Aroldis Chapman, who has been out since May 13th with a shoulder in jury, is targeting the Yankees' road series in Oakland which starts on June 15 for his potential return. Chapman is planning on heading to Tampa later this week to throw in a simulated game after which he'll begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Trenton.
FanRag Sports | Gary Phillips: The Yankees are competing in what was supposed to be a rebuilding/transition year. People are looking at the trade deadline and wondering what moves the Yankees could make. The most obvious addition the team could use is another starting pitcher. A quality arm that could help them in a potential postseason run would cost a lot, so the team could turn to Chance Adams instead. If he continues to dominate in Triple-A, he could be called up as the deadline “acquisition.”
Hopefully Judge didn’t scare his #1 fan too much.