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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 9/16/18

Justus Sheffield and Domingo German to be called up; Miguel Andujar’s grand slam just another mark on incredible rookie season; Andrew McCutchen will probably see more time in left field; Chapman could be back soon

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Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images | Bryan Hoch: You probably heard the news yesterday, but we’re going to repeat it this morning. Justus Sheffield has been called up by the Yankees. It’s very likely that Sheffield will be used out of the pen for the remainder of the year, then get his rotation chance next spring. Domingo German has also been called up. For the record, Sheffield is the Yankees #1 prospect. These are exciting times.

Newsday | Steven Marcus: Yesterday’s game was not exactly the most pleasant of baseball games. The Yankees failed to score a couple of times with the bases loaded. Except one time, when Miguel Andujar came to the plate. He hit a dinger. It was grand. His grand slam could very well be the exclamation point on a season of offensive excellent. Who knows where they’d be without him this year. Needless to say, his Rookie of the Year case has been pretty well stated. | Bryan Hoch: Andrew McCutchen moved to left field after Brett Gardner was pinch hit for. It will probably not be the last time we see Cutch in left field once Aaron Judge makes his triumphant return to right. While it’s unclear what role McCutchen will have on the team in 2019, it’s becoming clearer that the Yankees might finally be moving on from the gritty gutty one’s services. We shall see.

New York Post | Dan Martin & Brian Lewis: The bullpen has been without Aroldis Chapman for a bit. That could be about to change, as Chapman pitched a bullpen session yesterday and is expected to throw a simulated game on Monday. Aaron Boone says that if all goes well, he should be activated soon. Unless the most miraculous course of events happen, the Yankees will be playing a Wild Card game against either the Athletics or the Astros. The more bullpen help for that game, the better.