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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 5/4/18

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Justus Sheffield promoted to Triple-A; #GleyberGood, Bird to play in extended ST; Austin jammed his hip; Best pitches in the AL East

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CBS Sports: Justus is on the way! No, not to the majors, but there’s a stop between where he currently is and the majors and that’s where he’s going. After serving Justus in Double-A, Justus Sheffield is set to move up to Triple-A. With Jordan Montgomery injured, Domingo German is going to fill the rotation spot for now but if he fails or there’s another need, there’s not much depth behind German in Triple-A that inspires confidence, so it’s a step that’s beneficial for everyone involved.

In addition to breaking the news about Sheffield, Tim Naehring spoke about the Yankees’ minor league system and gave three names in the minors to watch for: Luis Medina, Nick Nelson and Jonathan Loaisiga.

MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: #GleyberGood, y’all. Since being called up, Gleyber Torres has done nothing but impress. In yesterday’s 6-5 win against the Astros, it was Torres who provided the game-tying two-run single in the ninth. In other good news, Greg Bird is scheduled to play in an extended spring training game on Monday. CA-CAW!

New York Post | George A. King III: In case you were wondering why Neil Walker was playing first yesterday, it’s because Tyler Austin got hurt the day before. In Luis Severino’s gem Wednesday night, Austin made an impressive diving stop to get Brian McCann out, but paid the price for it. He jammed his left hip a little bit, but the injury isn’t considered too serious. It’s very likely the Yankees were just giving him a day yesterday.

MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: It’s always a fun exercise to scout the division and see what the Yankees are up against. This piece looks through the AL East to find each team’s best pitch. For the Yankees, Aroldis Chapman’s fastball won the battle. Austin Romine says Chapman’s the most difficult he’s ever had to catch. For the rest of the division, the winners were: Aaron Sanchez’s changeup (Blue Jays), Zach Britton’s sinker (Orioles), and Chris Archer’s slider (Rays).

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I mean that’s one way to recap the game. Or you can be like me and sing about peacocks all day.

May the Fourth be with you all.