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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 7/15/17

Michael Pineda’s season and possibly Yankee career comes to an end due to a partial tear of his UCL; Bird might need surgery on his ankle; Cashman will most likely stick with the plan this trade deadline; familiar faces helping prospects adjust to the majors easier; Judge ASG jersey sales were through the roof

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Not a substantial end for Mike
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Around the Empire | Bryan Hoch: The biggest news was yet another injury to the Yankees’ roster. Michael Pineda has a partial tear of his UCL and he will miss the rest of the season. The Yankees’ are recommending that he get Tommy John surgery. Pineda will seek a second opinion. This is the last year that Pineda is under contract, so it is most likely possible that he will not don the pinstripes again. While Pineda’s inconsistency on the mound has been a topic of debate for years, this is a terrible way for his Yankee career to come to an end. Best of luck, Pineda.

New York Daily News | Mike Mazzeo: Well there is some good news regarding Greg Bird. Okay, not really good news. Clarifying news is perhaps the better term. After another scan, doctors have found an inflammation in a small bone at the back of Bird’s ankle. That’s the clarifying news. The bad news is that if this second cortisone shot doesn’t work, he still may need to get surgery. That would take him out of the equation for six to eight weeks. The frogurt is also cursed.

Newsday | David Lennon: So the Yankees lost again last night. That’s the bad news. The good news is that the Yankees most recent spiral into Arby’s will most likely make it where they don’t any huge trades to try and fix this mess. Okay, that’s also not exactly good news either. Probably more clarifying news again. Brian Cashman has pretty much stated that his goal is to stick with the plan they started last year after the trades they made. Not a bad plan, really.

Sporting News | Gary Phillips: One thing that has been a lot of fun to watch this year are all the young Yankees that are being called up to the majors. There can always be a bit of nerves after being called up. Thankfully the Baby Bombers have each other. It definitely helps that when they are called up, they see a lot of the same faces they saw in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. At this rate, they should call up Quills! Get it done, Cash.

SBNation | Whitney McIntosh: Aaron Judge is a popular player. As Kunj Shah reported in yesterday’s link dump, his balls of the roof of Marlins’ Park defied NASA equations. It figures that Judge’s All-Star jersey sales were also through the roof, the highest of any All-Star player. Those sales doubled after his incredible performance at the HR Derby. Talk about marketable.