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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 8/11/18

Aaron Judge hopeful he can start swinging the bat next week; Neil Walker not in lineup due to sore neck & unspecified illness; Yankees re-instate relationship with Papa John’s Pizza; J.A. Happ takes subway home, follows proper etiquette

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Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images | Bryan Hoch: I miss Aaron Judge a lot. I’d like to think we all do. Judge has been sidelined with a wrist injury and has yet to resume baseball activities. I like Judge’s baseball activities. That could be changing soon, as they are hopeful he can begin swinging the bat sometime next week. Our big beloved beefy baseball boy is optimistic that he’ll be back soon. He also told reporters about his teammates telling him that they would pick him up during his absence. Judge is so brave.

Newsday | Anthony Rieber: Perhaps you noticed that Neil Walker was missing from last night’s lineup. You know, the Neil Walker that hit two dingers in Thursday’s game against Rangers’ pitching. Aaron Boone stated that Walker was dealing with a sore neck and an unspecified illness that he got right before the game. Unspecified illnesses are my least favorite types of illness. I would like it to be more specified before the start of today’s game. | Brendan Kuty: The Yankees suspended their ties with Papa John’s Pizza after Papa John himself said some pretty reprehensible things, things which the Yankees felt/feel strongly against. As of yesterday, the Yankees have reinstated their relationship with the franchise, stating that the company’s removal of their founder from the business was the reason why. Yankee fans can all rejoice now that those pieces of garbage stained newspaper wipes masquerading as pizza will continue to be served in -checks notes- Yankee Stadium, located in -seriously checks notes- New York City.

Cut4 | Eric Chesterton: J.A. Happ pitched well on Thursday night. Happ decided to take the subway home and it’s good to see he followed proper subway etiquette. His bag was underneath the seat, between his legs, and not sitting on the seat next to him. Nor was he wearing it on his back on a crowded train. Well done, Happ.