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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 4/18/18

Gregorius adds to his skillset; Kahnle to the DL, Cessa recalled-ish; Gray to try being more aggressive; Boone might drop Stanton in lineup; Cashman discusses Gleyber Torres

MLB: Baltimore Orioles at New York Yankees Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports | Joe Posnanski: Didi Gregorius, y’all. He’s been improving year and it’s been amazing to watch. After a breakout year last year when he finally started getting some recognition, Gregorius is even better this year. He’s displaying the power and hit ability that he did last year, but he’s now added pitch recognition and patience to his skill set. He’s walking. A lot. He’s among the AL leaders in walks this year. Is there anything this man can’t do? Literally Shane Greene. | Bryan Hoch: Turns out, something was wrong with Tommy Kahnle as he was put on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder tendinitis. The annoying part of this is that Kahnle was probably hiding something, and that ended up costing the Yankees. STOP HIDING INJURIES, PEOPLE. Luis Cessa was recalled to take his place but then he promptly strained his oblique during the game and was place on the disabled list himself. With CC Sabathia scheduled to pitch tomorrow, look for Sabathia to take the roster spot.

New York Post | Dan Martin: When the Yankees got Sonny Gray last year, it was with the expectation that he could be another top-of-the-rotation arm. While he’s had his ups and downs, he hasn’t exactly been that. Greg touched upon it in yesterday’s news, but this goes into a bit more detail about what he’s working on with Larry Rothschild. He’s working on his delivery, but he’s also just going to try and not overthink things and be more aggressive.

After the game yesterday, Aaron Boone and Brian Cashman had some interesting quotes:

It’s not the worst idea right now. He probably doesn’t need to bat ninth, but maybe dropping him below Didi and/or Gary Sanchez isn’t the craziest idea right now. Giancarlo Stanton doesn’t look great right now, at least at home. But hey, he is a Yankee and once this phase is over, it’ll be great.

While some may want Gleyber Torres called up soon to try and inject some life into this team, the fact of the matter is that he probably shouldn’t be called up to be a savoir.