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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 8/18/17

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Cooper placed on DL; Austin called up; Bullpen can withstand Chapman problem; America doesn’t care about the Subway Series

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MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: Garrett Cooper was suddenly placed on the disabled list with left hamstring tendinitis. Cooper initially reported discomfort during Wednesday’s win over the Mets. The Yankees don’t expect Cooper to be out long, but he’s been placed on the 10-day disabled list. Tyler Austin has been called up to take his roster spot. Additionally, Starlin Castro will join Triple-A today to begin his rehab, and Matt Holliday will start his rehab assignment with the Tampa Yankees.

New York Times | Filip Bondy: It was one year ago this week when Tyler Austin and Aaron Judge burst onto the scene with back-to-back home runs in their debut games. While Judge is the likely Rookie of the Year (and possible MVP if he can get going again), Austin’s season has been unideal. He started the year on the disabled list after fracturing his foot, then made it back, and then almost immediately hurt his hamstring and was again sidelined. He’s finally back and has a chance to play, for now.

New York Post | Mike Vaccaro: The Yankees have an Aroldis Chapman problem right now. He’s been largely ineffective this season and he’s now hurt with a hamstring issue. Fortunately, thanks to Brian Cashman’s work at the trade deadline, the Yankees are built to withstand this problem. Chad Green, Tommy Kahnle, Dellin Betances, and David Robertson are all more than capable. Although:

Yay? Damn you, Bryan Mitchell.

FiveThirtyEight | Harry Enten: America doesn’t care about the Subway Series. The Mets and the Yankees faced off (I guess that’s too strong a term considering the sweep) for four games and most of baseball couldn’t really care less. Outside of the New York area, fans didn’t really have a preference for which team won the series and either view both teams favorably or negatively. No real preference either way. Outside of the New York area, it’s probably just a love or hate New York thing.

Deadspin | Emma Baccellieri: Derek Jeter has a deal in place to become the next owner of the Marlins. One of the first things that was reported since was that Jeter wanted to take down the glorious home run sculpture in center field. The sculpture probably wasn’t re2pectful to Jeter. Fortunately, Miami-Dade County has stepped in and ensured the sculpture’s safety. The sculpture is property of the county and is considered public art, so it can’t be taken down. And everyone can breathe a sigh of relief.

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