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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 8/14/17

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Bird and Castro to begin rehab games this week; Cessa to start tonight; Judge’s altered strike zone

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FanRag Sports | Matthew Schmidt: Injured Yankees are on the way back. Greg Bird is set to begin a rehab assignment on Wednesday and Starlin Castro will follow him on Friday. The Yankees haven’t announced where each player will play his rehab games, but the good news is they’re both getting in games. It hopefully shouldn’t be long before we see both players back in New York. Additionally Matt Holliday has started taking batting practice.

Newsday | Anthony Reiber: The Yankee rotation has taken some hits the past few days. First CC Sabathia was put on the disabled list, then Masahiro Tanaka followed. With Tanaka on the disabled list and Jordan Montgomery already taking Sabathia’s spot, the Yankees are turning to Luis Cessa to take Tanaka’s start tonight. Caleb Smith and Bryan Mitchell were the other candidates, but for now the Yankees will go with Cessa.

ESPN | Mark Simon: It’s no secret that Aaron Judge’s second half has been difficult. He’s still walking a lot, but he just hasn’t been hitting. It seems that the strike zone for him might have changed a little bit. While he’s probably gotten used to low pitches being called for strikes, pitches high in the zone are also getting called for strikes more often than they were before. Hopefully Judge will be able to adjust and break out soon.