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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 4/12/19

Yankees calling up Kyle Higashioka; Team reportedly has no interest in Dallas Keuchel; Joe Harvey a nice bright spot in bad series in Houston; Yankees hopeful with a return to the Bronx and the return of Sabathia.

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MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: Here, Hoch fields a variety of questions, and leads off by addressing the Yankees’ rotation situation. He indicates that there is still nothing connecting the Yankees to free agent Dallas Keuchel, and that even with Luis Severino’s disappointing prognosis, the team has every intention of filling holes from within. Even Gio Gonzalez appears to not be much of an option at this point. For now, the answer to the Yankees’ rotation questions is still a combination of CC Sabathia, Jonathan Loaisiga, and Domingo German.

New York Post | George A. King III: One of the few bright spots to emerge from the Yankees’ disastrous series in Houston was the debut of reliever Joe Harvey. Called up from Triple-A when Loaisiga was optioned, Harvey made a strong debut, flashing a good fastball and striking out three in a pair of scoreless innings. Harvey is likely ticketed for the minors once Sabathia is activated, but he very well could make another appearance in the majors later in the year.

New York Post | Kevin Kernan: Kernan highlights the struggles of James Paxton, the Yankees’ offseason import that was supposed to make the biggest impact but has failed to stabilize the rotation thus far. It’s much too early to panic about the talented left-hander, but it has been an uneven start to his career in pinstripes.

New York Daily News | Kristie Ackert: Things feel a bit dire amidst so many injuries and with the Yankees coming off a three-game losing streak, but Ackert spoke with members of the team and they expressed at least some optimism as the team heads back to the Bronx for a homestand. The return of Sabathia should provide a boost to the rotation, and the bullpen can’t help to pitch better going forward. Hopefully, a week at home (and a date with the lowly White Sox) is all it takes the spur the Yankees back into shape.

And just breaking is that the Yankees are reportedly calling up Kyle Higashioka:

No corresponding move has been announced, but it doesn’t seem like a coincidence that Gary Sanchez has been dealing with an injury in recent days. The situation is still developing, and it’s possible Sanchez will just need to DH for some time, but if he has to hit the IL, this is the absolute last thing the Yankees need right now.