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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 6/25/18

Sanchez likely to the DL; Andujar flashing defense; Frazier robbed of HR; Tanaka throws BP; Sabathia start pushed to Friday

MLB: New York Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports | J. Scott Butherus: What a terrible weekend. The Yankees got swept by the Rays because sometimes baseball is dumb. The losses weren’t even the worst part of it, though, sometimes these things happen. The worst was that Gary Sanchez left yesterday’s loss in the 10th inning with a hip/groin injury after trying to run out a groundball double play. He is likely going on the disabled list, per Aaron Boone. I never want to hear about hustling to first base on groundballs again. Kyle Higashioka is expected to be called up to backup Austin Romine. | J. Scott Butherus: It was a dumb weekend, but there were some good things that happened this weekend. Not too long ago, we talked about how Brandon Drury is frustrated with being stuck in Triple-A. Well, the way Miguel Andujar has played and is still playing, Drury isn’t coming up anytime soon. The biggest concern with Andujar coming into the season was his defense. Yesterday, Andujar flashed his leather early on, continuing what has been a solid defensive display overall all year. He also smashed a three-run home run.

New York Daily News | Mike Mazzeo: In addition to this weekend being dumb, can we all agree that Tropicana Field is really dumb? In the top of the ninth yesterday, Clint Frazier hit what could very well have been a game-winning home run, but instead the ball hit a speaker on the ceiling of the Trop and it ended up being a popout. If the Trop didn’t suck, maybe the Yankees don’t get swept and maybe Sanchez doesn’t get hurt. Baseball can be dumb sometimes, but the Trop is always dumb. | J. Scott Butherus: In somewhat better news, Masahiro Tanaka threw a bullpen session for the first time since dumb National League rules broke him and came out feeling good. Tanaka threw a 26-pitch bullpen off a mound and felt no pain in his hamstrings. Next, he’s going to throw another bullpen out of the Yankees Minor League complex in Tampa on Tuesday and he’ll be reevaluated after that.

New York Daily News | Mike Mazzeo: The Yankees are doing a bit of rotation reshuffling this week. Jonathan Loaisiga is set to start the series against the Phillies, and he’ll be followed Luis Severino and Luis Cessa on Tuesday and Wednesday. CC Sabathia was originally scheduled to start on Wednesday, but they’re pushing him back so he can get two extra rest days, plus they probably don’t want him trying to run because of dumb NL rules. The Yankees will now have Sabathia, Sonny Gray, and Severino for their upcoming series against the Red Sox.