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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 9/17/18

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Aaron Judge could be ready to hit during Red Sox series; Aroldis Chapman could return soon; Aaron Boone’s seat getting a bit hotter; Yankees have a new front-runner for fourth starter in playoffs; Justus Sheffield is coming, so what can we expect?

Aaron Judge played the field on Friday, and could return to the lineup this week against Boston.
Aaron Judge played the field on Friday, and could return to the lineup this week against Boston.
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MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: Aaron Judge has been taking on-field batting practice for five days, and Aaron Boone said on Sunday that Judge will remain with the club through his rehab. Boone added that it’s a “possibility” that All Rise could return to the lineup against Boston at Yankee Stadium this week.

New York Daily News | Kristie Ackert: Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman gave a thumbs up after another positive bullpen session. According to Boone, Chapman is expected to throw a sim game on either Monday or Tuesday, and could be quickly activated after that.

Newsday | Anthony Rieber: Manager Boone’s seat is getting a bit hotter, according to Reiber, as the Yankees continue their September skid. Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News and Ken Davidoff of the New York Post also chimed in on the subject.

New York Post | George A. King III: The Yankees have a new front-runner for fourth starter in the playoffs. After Lance Lynn’s dominant performance on Sunday, which followed a superb outing in Seattle, he could take CC Sabathia’s spot in the rotation in October.

MLB.com | Jim Callis: Justus Sheffield gave up three unearned runs in one inning for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in the deciding game of the International League championship series on Saturday. The Yankees are now set to promote Sheffield, and he’s expected to join them on Tuesday. So what can we expect from the 22-year-old left-hander?