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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 5/21/18

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Bird could return this week; Frazier optioned; Didi will return to lineup tonight; Austin leads AL rookies in HRs

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Newsday | Erik Boland: CA-CAW!!! Late Saturday night/early Sunday morning, we learned that Greg Bird’s rehab had been moved from Double-A to Triple-A. That’s no longer the highlight of the Greg Bird news, though, as Aaron Boone said that that Bird could join the Yankees sometime within the next week. Bird is currently in the eighth week of his rehab, which falls exactly in line with the six-to-eight week timetable originally given. Oh and have I mentioned? CA-CAW!

MLB.com | Matt Kelly: After the game yesterday, the Yankees announced that Clint Frazier had been optioned back to Triple-A. This is obviously very disappointing for Red Thunder fans, but if you want to blame anyone, blame Kento Mizuno for apparently fixing Aaron Hicks. As of right now it looks like Giovanny Gallegos will be called up to take Frazier’s spot unless they surprisingly activate Tommy Kahnle from the disabled list..

MLB.com | Robert Falkoff: It’s no secret that Didi Gregorius’ May has been quite the opposite of his April. Stuck in a 1-for-42 skid, good for a wRC+ of -29 compared to April’s 196, and the Yankees facing two left-handers against the Royals, Aaron Boone decided it’d be a good time to give Gregorius a couple days off. Boone described it as a “mental break” that’ll hopefully reset things for the Yankee shortstop. He’ll be back in the lineup today against Bartolo Colon and the Rangers.

MLB.com | Robert Falkoff: In somewhat surprising news, Tyler Austin still technically counts as a rookie. While it seems like Austin has been around forever, he actually entered the season with only 123 at-bats, which is why he’s still considered a rookie. In yesterday’s 10-1 win over the Royals, Austin belted his seventh and eighth home runs of the year, which leads all American League rookies. If he gets a couple more, he’ll be the fifth Yankee this year to join the double-digit home run club.

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