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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 9/13/18

Chapman could return next week; Sevy and Sanchez solved their issues; Adams gets another Chance; the Yanks and Sox both have bright futures

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ESPN | Coley Harvey: Aroldis Chapman is in the final stages of his rehab assignment and could return to the Yankees next week, according to Aaron Boone. After struggling through much of the season with left knee tendinitis, the Yankee closer finally went to the disabled list on August 22nd after an outing against the Miami Marlins. The loss of Chapman, who has 31 saves and a 2.11 ERA on the season, has definitely shortened the bullpen. Here’s to more flame-throwing in the ninth.

New York Post | George A. King III: According to Luis Severino, he and Gary Sanchez have fixed all of the communication problems that led to two passed balls and two wild pitches all within the first inning last week in Oakland. It was on display Wednesday night where Severino cruised through 5 innings and was taken out in the 5th as a couple of knocks and a sole wild pitch got him into some trouble. It’s too soon to say Sevy is back, but Sevy is definitely close to being back. | Brendan Kuty: The Yankees have called up Chance Adams for a third time and—this time— it’s for good. After his second stint with the Bombers, Adams was sent to the bullpen in Triple-A Scranton so the team could keep an eye on his innings and see if he’d be a relief option for the Yankees in September. Turns out, he does just fine out of the ‘pen. In four outings, Chance had a 1.42 ERA, holding opposing batters to a .277 batting average. Who said no one deserves a third Chance?

Minor League Ball | John Sickels: SB Nation’s Minor League Ball blog poses the question: What team would you rather be over the next few years, the Yankees or Red Sox? The Sox appear to be the better team in 2018, built around a talented young core. But, the Yanks are also loaded with young talent and a deep farm system. Tough question, but if your answer truly is the Red Sox, what are you doing here?