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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 8/21/18

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How the Yankees messed up Aaron Judge timetable; Didi may be out awhile; Clint Frazier running, hitting; Tyler Austin’s dad may have lit fire under Greg Bird; Giancarlo Stanton on a mission in Miami; Don Mattingly to manage MLB All-Stars in Japan exhibition series

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New York Post | Joel Sherman: In a phone interview, GM Brian Cashman explained how the Yankees messed up on the Aaron Judge timetable. He said Yankees team doctor Chris Ahmad recognizes that these types of injuries take four to six weeks, but gave an optimistic three-week timeline because of his experience with Judge. Cashman said it was Ahmad’s mistake, one he admitted to, and that it was “unfair to the player.”

New York Daily News | Kristie Ackert: The Yankees have no update on Didi Gregorius’ bruised heel, but they need to tread with caution, according to an orthopedic surgeon. Dr. Armin Tehrany, founder of Manhattan Orthopedic Care and Honorary Surgeon for the NYPD, said a bruised heel is an injury that needs a careful recovery. He said it is important to make sure Didi’s heel is symptom-free before putting him back on the field, and that it could take anywhere from a few days up to two weeks.

“It is important to be cautious to not re-aggravate or re-injure the heel by returning to the field too early,” Tehrany said.

New York Post | Dan Martin: In other injury news, Clint Frazier remains in Tampa. Boone said the outfielder has been hitting and running outside in the last few days. Frazier has been sidelined with concussion symptoms and there remains no timetable for his return.

New York Daily News | Mark Fischer: Greg Bird got off the snide in a big way this weekend. He lined a solo homer off the facing of the second deck on Saturday, and followed by belting a grand slam ten rows deeper on Sunday. Tyler Austin’s dad may have lit a fire under Bird with a salty, since-deleted tweet.

“Tyler has more hits with the Twins in a week than Bird has in a month with the Yankees,” Chris Austin tweeted Saturday from his personal account.

Newsday | Steven Marcus: Giancarlo Stanton is a man on a mission. He makes his first trip back to Miami and Marlins Park as a member of the Yankees today. Stanton has 299 career home runs and would like to get No. 300 against the Marlins. There was some doubt about whether Stanton’s hamstring would be sufficiently healed to allow him to play in the field, but Boone said on Sunday “there is a good chance” he is playing.

CBS Sports | Mike Axisa: Yankees icon Don Mattingly will manage a team of MLB All-Stars during an exhibition series in Japan this fall. The roster will be announced in late-September or October, with the seven-game series taking place across three sites beginning on November 9th. The MLB Japan All-Star Series has been played at irregular intervals since 1986, with the most recent one taking place in 2014.