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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 9/6/18

Clint Frazier’s season likely over; Didi could return this weekend; Luke Voit’s grandmother pays him for home runs; Sterling blanked on a dinger call for Hechavarria; Cutch may see time in left

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ESPN | Cole Harvey: A visit to a Pittsburgh-area neurologist to better understand the issues plaguing Clint Frazier essentially put the kibosh on Red Thunder’s season. Frazier, who had struggled all year with post-concussion symptoms, was making progress. He was last playing for the Single-A Tampa Tarpons and was planning on joining the Double-A Trenton Thunder in time for the Eastern League playoffs, but now will return to the Yankees’ facility in Tampa to resume workouts and treatments.

New York Post | George A. King III: Although Didi Gregorius looked good during batting, fielding, and running practice, Aaron Boone said he would not take part in the series finale in Oakland. If all goes according to plan, Boone will have Gregorius back in the lineup this weekend, starting as early as Friday.

In other good news, Aaron Judge felt no effects from hitting of the tee on Monday. It’s a very positive sign for the big man’s progress as he tries to make his way back to the field. It’s about time, as the Yankees are feeling a lot less like a fairy-tale without their giant and knight. | Eric Chesterton: Luke Voit has been electric for the Yankees, hitting seven home runs in his last 12 games. But, who is Luke Voit... really? It turns out that Voit is a guy who got plunked in his first major-league at bat, gets paid by his grandmother for each home run he hits, and has a little brother who is actually named John Voit.

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New York Post | Kyle Schnitzer: Poor Adeiny Hechavarria. After hitting his first dinger as a Yankee on Tuesday, fans waited to hear John Sterling’s inevitable home run call for Hech, imagining the things Sterling could do with such potential. Fans were left wanting, though, as the radio man had no call for the newest Yankee. Sterling claimed that he was simply unprepared, but would have a call for him the next time he hits one. | Brendan Kuty: What is the plan for Andrew McCutchen when Aaron Judge comes back from the disabled list? Apparently left field could be an option. The Yankees are slated to face southpaw James Paxton in Seattle this weekend, so McCutchen could see some time in left to give Brett Gardner a day off. When asked about the contingency plan of using McCutchen in left more after Judge’s return, Boone responded with an ominous, “We’ll see.”