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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 9/24/18

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Boone hopeful Didi will return; Hicks injured, too; Judge dubbed “captain” by fans; Chapman takes big step forward; Yankees focus on home field for Wild Card Game.

Didi Gregorius may be out with a torn ligament in his wrist, but manager Aaron Boone is hopeful that he will return to action following a cortisone injection.
Didi Gregorius may be out with a torn ligament in his wrist, but manager Aaron Boone is hopeful that he will return to action following a cortisone injection.
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MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: Skipper Aaron Boone revealed a shocker after Sunday’s loss to the Orioles at Yankee Stadium. Didi Gregorius suffered a cartilage tear in his right wrist while scoring the postseason-clinching run during Saturday’s game. Gregorius received a cortisone injection, and Boone said he is hopeful that the Yankees will get good news within a few days. It is possible, though, that New York’s star shortstop will miss the remainder of the season. Zach Braziller of the New York Post writes about how the Yankees might handle that scenario.

NJ.com | Brendan Kuty: Aaron Hicks came through with the clutch, walk-off double to drive in Gregorius on Saturday. Earlier in the at-bat, he fouled a ball off his ankle, which was heavily wrapped after the game. Hicks said it hurt, but fortunately, the X-ray came back negative. Although Brett Gardner started in center field on Sunday, Hicks pinch-hit in the seventh inning and remained in the game to play center. Boone said he was hopeful Hicks would be able to play Monday against the Rays in St. Petersburg.

NJ.com | Brendan Kuty: Yankees fans are calling Aaron Judge “captain” on Twitter after his Luke Voit moment. Judge had some very kind words for Voit after the Yankees clinched their playoff berth on Saturday, telling him “we wouldn’t be in this position right now if it wasn’t for you.”

New York Post | Dan Martin: Aroldis Chapman took a big step forward, with one caveat. Chapman reported that he felt good, but that his speed isn’t where it usually is. He added that his command was much better, noting how important that is to his success.

MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: After clinching their playoff spot, Boone said the Yankees are now focused on securing home-field advantage for the Wild Card Game. “We want to play here,” Boone said. The Yankees were unbeaten at home during the playoffs last season.