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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 8/9/17

Sabathia exits early; Monty was sent down to manage innings; Fans must accept struggles will come; Kap was hold up in Gray deal; Sheffield talks injury; Gardner’s power surge

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Newsday | Erik Boland: CC Sabathia left yesterday’s start against the Blue Jays early. At first it seemed like it was just because Sabathia was ineffective, giving up a pair of two-run home runs to Josh Donaldson, but it turns out his right knee was giving him trouble. Sabathia said it was hard for him to land and finish pitches. He’ll fly back to New York for tests after which a decision will be made regarding a disabled list stint. Hopefully it’s nothing too serious. | Bryan Hoch: Jordan Montgomery was having a fantastic rookie season but was still sent down to Triple-A through no fault of his own. While part of it was probably the Jaime Garcia trade, Montgomery had an innings limit that he was approaching. And those limits are easier to manage in the minors. It’ll be interesting to see if he’s recalled if Sabathia is forced to miss time.

CBS | Sweeny Murti: Thanks to Gary Sanchez’s second half last year and Aaron Judge’s first half this year, Yankee fans got excited about the team’s future. All of a sudden the Yankees were in a pennant race and it was forgotten what this year was supposed to be. The Yankees are doing what was asked of them. Playing the kids. There are going to be highs and lows, and a playoff push doesn’t change that they’re going to struggle.

New York Post | Joel Sherman: Back before the trade deadline when everyday was a different tweet about the Yankees and Sonny Gray, one of those tweets was about one player being a holdup in the trade. At the time, it was rumored to be Estevan Florial but now it seems that player was James Kaprielian. The Yankees didn’t want to give him up and even offered two other unknown pitchers, but ultimately relented. | Randy Miller: Clint Frazier was the prize in the Andrew Miller trade last year, but Justus Sheffield is just as important. Sheffield, who is currently on the disabled list with an oblique injury, talked about how he got hurt and the organization’s plans for him for the rest of the season. Sheffield says he’s healthy and doesn’t feel any pain anymore, but the organization is playing it safe with him.

FanRag Sports | John Perrotto: Brett Gardner’s claim to fame at one point was his fast legs that let him steal 49 bases in 2011. Since then, though, his stolen bases have dropped off dramatically. He’s still a good base stealer, but he’s just not doing it as often. He has, however, seen a power surge recently and he credits using his legs more for that. So his legs are still helping the Yankees, just not the way they planned.