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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 9/4/18

Aaron Judge swings a bat; Didi nearing return from DL; Sonny Gray on paternity leave; Bests and worsts from the Yankees’ minor leagues; Gleyber earns POTW award; Grading every Yankees’ trade at the deadline

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ESPN | Coley Harvey: There is still no timetable for Aaron Judge’s return, but he started taking swings on Sunday. Our most-missed baseball boy took 25 dry swings and 25 swings off a tee and felt fine afterwards.

New York Post | Dan Martin: It would appear that Sir Didi is very close to returning to the Yankees’ lineup. After taking batting and grounders prior to Sunday’s game, Didi said that is heel felt “really good.” Aaron Boone doubted that Didi would be activated Monday, but a return is in the very near future.

CBS Sports | RotoWire Staff: The Yankees will be without Sonny Gray for their series in Oakland. Gray will likely rejoin the bullpen staff on Friday in Seattle.

New York Post | Mark Sanchez: The Post takes a closer look at the biggest surprises and disappointments in the Yankees’ farm system this year. Mike King and Deivi Garcia received the highest praise of any prospects this season.

MLB | Deesha Thosar: Gleyber Torres won his second Player of the Week award this year. Torres went .478/.571/.870/1.441 this past week. | Randy Miller: Now that the August waiver Trade Deadline has passed, Randy Miller has grades for all the Yankees’ recent moves. The J.A. Happ, Luke Voit, and Adeiny Hechavarria trades all earned A’s.