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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 8/25/18

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Injury updates for Judge, Gregorius, and Chapman; Zach Britton back in Baltimore for first time since trade; Sir Didi injury could be most devastating one; Luke Voit is knocking on Greg Bird’s door

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Newsday | David Lennon: Injuries. They suck. A lot. CC Sabathia just came back from his short DL stint last night. Other Yankees are not so lucky. Aaron Judge is still not able to pick up a bat. Aroldis Chapman is still out with left knee inflammation. Didi Gregorius says he’s feeling better, so that’s good. Gary Sanchez is rehabbing and hopefully he’ll be back soon. The injury to Judge is the most significant, as there is still no timetable for his return. For the record, I would sell all of your souls to heal Judge faster.

MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: With Chapman on the DL, the closer role will be filled by a combined effort of David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Caitlin Rogers, and Zach Britton, who got the job last night. This was Britton’s first time back in Baltimore since being acquired by the Yankees. Britton admits it was weird facing player’s he had just recently been teammates with, but thankfully he got the job done.

New York Post | George A. King III: Because this link dump doesn’t have enough sadness, here’s a brief look at why losing Sir Didi Gregorius could be the most painful loss of them all. No, it’s not just because we’d be losing his wonderful smile, which does hurt. It’s primarily because of Sir Didi’s stellar defense. And, of course, his wonderful smile.

Newsday | David Lennon: Luke Voit was the hero of yesterday’s baseball game. You heard me. Luke Voit. Aaron Boone was impressed with the rookie’s bat last night, for obvious reason. Of course, such heroic acts tend to put the Greg Bird slump more and more into focus. Despite early season injuries, Bird has not lived up to the expectations placed on him. It’s still early in his career, so patience is required. How much patience? We’ll see. Eh, the answer is probably “by Tuesday or else!”

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