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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 7/5/18

Gleyber Torres placed on 10-day DL; Austin Romine given an extra day off; Kyle Higashioka makes history; Giancarlo Stanton on same pace as 2017; Michael Kay honors John Sterling on his birthday

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Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images | Mandy Bell: You’ve probably heard by now. If not, then I’m sorry to break the news to you, even though that is my only task on this site. Gleyber Torres has been placed on the 10-day DL with a right hip strain. Aaron Boone stated that he’s not too worried and that this is more precautionary than anything. It’s unclear who the Yankees will call up in place of Torres. Ronald Torreyes is currently on the temporary inactive list, so Tyler Wade is a possibility. The Yankees do have depth with Brandon Drury and Neil Walker as well. We’ll see.

Newsday | Sal Cacciatore: Speaking of injuries, Austin Romine had another day off yesterday. According to both him and Boone, Romine is okay to play. Boone just wanted to give him a little bit more time off before the Yankees go on their 11-game road trip. After today’s day off, the Yankee will be in Toronto to face the Blue Jays. | Mandy Bell: Meanwhile, backup backup catcher Kyle Higashioka made history in yesterday’s game. Higgy has three career hits. All three hits have been home runs. Anything less than a home run is unacceptable to him. The epitome of hitting the wrong way, AMIRITE? In any case, Higgs joined former Yankee legend Alfonso Soriano as the only other Yankee player to have his first three major league hits be dingers. He’s the first player to do this since Trevor Story did it in 2016, who had four home runs for his first four major league hits. Higgy still has a chance to do that.

New York Post | Howie Kussoy: Giancarlo Stanton is a New York Yankee, in case you needed a reminder. Stanton reminded all of us of his Yankeedom with a massive 410ft oppo-dong into the right field bleachers. Or, as the Braves announcers would have you believe, a “cheap Yankee Stadium home run” It seems like Giancarlo is becoming more Giancarlo-y lately. His home run, batting average, & RBI numbers are pretty much identical to where they were last year. You know, the year he won the NL MVP numbers. Nnnneat!

Cut4 | Chris Landers: Finally, July 4th is John Sterling’s birthday. As such, Michael Kay decided to honor his former radio partner with an imitation of patented Sterling HR call. When Stanton crushed that monster shot yesterday, Kay called it as Sterling would. A great way to honor the legend. Well, unless you’re not a fan of Sterling HR calls. Shame on you.

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