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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 4/19/18

Gleyber Torres could be called up soon; Adam Lind signed to minor league contract again; Thairo Estrada back at Tampa after recovery; Yankees invite bullying victim to clubhouse; Bernie Williams plays anthem in PR, will play anthem at Trenton; Sterling’s HR call for Andujar

MLB: Spring Training-Philadelphia Phillies at New York Yankees
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Newsday | Erik Boland: Have you heard about Gleyber Torres, one of the Yankees’ top prospects? Oh, you have. That’s good. That’ll make this easier to write about. Gleyber, the good one, is currently tearing it up in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. With the Yankees’ current/annoying struggles in the month of April, a lot of fans are curious when he’ll be called up. Opposing scouts think he’s ready. Aaron Boone stated that if and when they call Gleyber up, they want it to be for keeps. Soon, my friends. Soon. In case you missed Tyler’s article yesterday, you should know that the Yankees have signed Adam Lind to a minor league contract. Yes, that Adam Lind. Yes, the same Adam Lind who was in spring training. Lind will report to Tampa for some extended spring training. Probably a good depth move at this point, since it was when they signed him earlier in the year.

New York Daily News | Mike Mazzeo: Thairo Estrada is back. You may or may not remember that Estrada was shot in the hip in January, during a botched robbery attempt in his home of Venezuela. Thankfully, neither he or his wife were seriously injured. Estrada’s recovery has gone well and he was back in the lineup yesterday for the Class-A Tampa Tarpons.

New York Post | Hannah Withiam: A young 10-year old girl named Cassidy Slater made a heartbreaking video about her being bullied at her elementary school. After seeing the video on Facebook, the Yankees players and their manager made a touching response video, letting Cassidy know that they’ve got her back.

It looks like Cassidy has been invited to the Yankees’ clubhouse. A very heartfelt and beautiful response from the organization. More on this as it develops.

Cut 4 | Adrian Garro: The Twins and Cleveland played a two-game series in Puerto Rico, during which former Yankee legend Bernie Williams played both the Puerto Rican national anthem, “La Borinqueña” and the “Star-Spangled Banner.” Bernie, who hails from Puerto Rico, was also on hand before the game as Habitat for Humanity were given a $1 million dollar donation to help the island recover from Hurricane Maria. The former All-Star will also be present at the All-Star Game at Arm & Hammer Park to play the national anthem for the 2018 EL All-Star game. Bern Baby Bern!

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