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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 7/1/17

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Clint Frazier, the Yankees #2 prospect, will join them in Houston today; Girardi calls a team meeting to FaceTime with Dustin Fowler; CC Sabathia will hopefully rejoin Yankees rotation for his next scheduled start; expect Aaron Judge to walk a lot more

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MiLB.com | Michael Peng: Before yesterday’s game, we had heard that the Yankees were talking about calling up their #2 prospect Clint Frazier due to Dustin Fowler’s heartbreaking injury. During yesterday’s game, Brendan McGair, who covers the Pawtucket Red Sox, overheard Frazier on the phone saying he was headed to Houston to join the Yankees. Eventually other reporters and YES Networked confirmed that the Red Thunder is indeed on his way to join the Yankees. They are playing the kids. It’s nice to have actual depth from the minors. We shall see what the corresponding move is for Frazier.

MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: Before yesterday’s game, the Yankees held a closed door team meeting. During that meeting, Girardi gathered everyone in order to FaceTime with Dustin Fowler, who was still recovering from his surgery in Chicago. Girardi said that they expect to see Fowler in New York City and that he felt it was important that everyone let Fowler know that they were with him in spirit. Fowler’s surgery was a success and the Yankees expect his rehab to take about six months.

New York Daily News | Mike Mazzeo: Some good news on the injury front. CC Sabathia will throw a bullpen session today. If all goes well, Girardi feels pretty confident that CC will return to the rotation for his next scheduled start. Sabathia would take over for Luis Cessa. Cessa has not done that great a job taking over in the rotation for CC. Before his injury, Sabathia was pitching beautifully for the Yankees. Here’s hoping he comes back strong. Praise be.

NJ.com | Brendan Kuty: Aaron Judge is walking. A lot. He has a lot of walks. Judge leads the majors in walks. Those walks will probably not decrease anytime soon, according to Hall of Famer Frank Thomas. The Big Hurt referred to his first season when they started giving him nothing to hit after a while. In Thursday’s game against the White Sox, Judge was intentionally walked with two outs and no one on base, otherwise knows as the Barry Bonds treatment. It has been an impressive first half for the Law.

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