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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 9/2/18

Aroldis Chapman might be out for the season; Sir Didi Gregorius will probably miss the A’s series; Aaron Judge will take all the time he needs to heal, per Cashman; Andrew McCutchen embraces the 1st inning roll call

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Look, this is never easy but we’re going to have to saw your arms off.
Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images | Bryan Hoch: Once upon a time in Miami, Aroldis Chapman felt enough pain that he called the trainers over and had himself taken out of the game. This was due to the left knee tendinitis he’s been dealing with since May. When asked about Chapman’s likely return date, Brian Cashman did not sound very enthusiastic that he’d be back soon. Or at all this season, really. Dellin Betances was more optimistic though. Speaking of Dellin...

Those early bad games in April seem so far away.

Newsday | Erik Boland: If you read yesterday’s link dump, you’ll remember that the Yankees acquired Adeiny Hechavarria late last night. If you didn’t read yesterday’s link dump, shame on you. Anyway, Adeiny will provide the Yankees a bit of depth and time for Didi Gregorius to heal. Cashman stated that he did not think Sir Didi would be ready in time for the series against the Athletics. He’s aiming more for Seattle. Just remember not to eat whatever Matt Holliday ate last year.

Newsday | Erik Boland: This is a somewhat sad link dump, folks. Brian Cashman, in full “hates having to discuss player injuries” mode, gets to the subject of his star RF. Aaron Judge is still unable to swing a bat. Cashman says that he’s hopeful that Judge will be back before the playoffs, but stated that Judge will take as long as necessary to heal. So yeah, sigh.

Cut4 | Michael Clair & Bryan Hoch: Judge’s current status is why Andrew McCutchen is now a Yankee. Yesterday was his first game in pinstripes and he got a nice hand from the crowd. More importantly, he got to experience his first 1st Inning Roll Call. Cutch was happy to be apart of it. You can click here to read more about how Cutch felt putting on the Yankee uniform for the first time.

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