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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 5/2/18

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Montgomery hurt, German to take rotation spot; Romine will catch Gray for now; Austin returns from suspension; Drury not 100% yet; Frazier rehab moved to Triple-A; Scout noticed Didi’s maturity in 2007

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MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: Jordan Montgomery left yesterday’s game after the first inning with left elbow tightness. Montgomery first experienced discomfort two days ago and after noticing his velocity was down in the first, they didn’t want to risk it further. He’s flying back to New York today and is going to see Dr. Christopher Ahmad. Boone, however, is hopeful that the injury isn’t too serious. For now though, Domingo German will “probably” slide into Montgomery’s rotation spot on...Domingo.

ESPN | Coley Harvey: Looks like Austin Romine will be Sonny Gray’s personal catcher for the time being. It’s no surprise that Sonny Gray shocked a lot of people with his performance against the Astros on Monday. After the game, Gray was very complimentary of Romine and said he’s very reliant on Romine during tough spots and benefits from the constant communication between the two.

MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: After serving a four-game suspension, Tyler Austin returned to the Yankees yesterday. The Yankees didn’t have to make any Neil Walker-related decisions just yet as they had been playing with a 24-man roster during Austin’s suspensions for “MLB is weird and dumb” reasons. Additionally, Gary Sanchez said that he’s okay with the decision to let Romine be Gray’s personal catcher for now, because if it makes him comfortable it’ll only benefit the team.

NJ.com | Brendan Kuty: The Yankees may not be forced into making any roster decisions anytime soon. While Brandon Drury seemed to be on the path to recovery, Triple-A manager Bobby Mitchell said he doesn’t think Drury is completely healed yet and is just trying to play through. Drury had three errors in Monday’s game, so Mitchell might not be far off. Hopefully Drury will come forward if his symptoms are coming back.

NJ.com | Brendan Kuty: In other injury news, Clint Frazier’s rehab has officially moved from High-A to Triple-A. Frazier officially joined the RailRiders yesterday to continue his rehab. Aaron Boone said that the Yankees haven’t made a decision as to where Frazier will go after his rehab was over. For now though, Frazier just has to focus on getting himself ready for whenever the Yankees need him.

MLB.com | Jon Paul Morosi: Jim Stoeckel scouted and signed Didi Gregorius for the Reds back in 2007. At the time, no one saw this coming. Stoeckel did, however, know the type of person Didi was and still is. He said that whoever picked him to replace Derek Jeter couldn’t have picked a better guy for the job. Stoeckel was confident in his maturity and knew Didi could handle whatever pressure came his way. It helps that he’s a superstar with the bat now, too.

Didi Victory Tweet

Simple and straight to the point.