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Around the Empire: Yankees News - 4/19/19

Andujar takes batting practice; replacement players can keep Yankees afloat; locker room turns into a disco; Gardner gets his 100th home run ball back.

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Pete Caldera | Hey, some rare good news on the injury front! Miguel Andujar, trying to avoid surgery on the slight tear in his right labrum, took batting practice today and also threw in the outfield. The Yanks have discussed making Andujar primarily a DH to avoid the stress of throwing, or even use him at first base, which is an interesting story in of itself. Still, it’s good to see Andujar showing some progress.

Tyler Kepner | NY Times: The Yankees’ fill-ins showed plenty of production in the team’s two-game sweep of Boston, from Mike Tauchman’s big day at the plate on Tuesday to Clint Frazier’s RBI double on Wednesday. Kepner writes that while the roster is still a shell of what it can be, the replacements have the ability to keep the team afloat until reinforcements arrive.

Randy Miller | Things got rowdy after the Yankees’ comeback win against the Sox on Wednesday night, as the Bombers busted out a fog machine and strobe lights to celebrate the latest victory. Apparently, it’s something the team has been doing in recent wins, just not to the magnitude of Wednesday’s bash. Hopefully there’s fog circulating through the clubhouse frequently this season.

Brendan Kuty | Gardner got an extra present after clubbing the go-ahead grand slam for his 100th career home run on Wednesday night. He also was given back the ball after the game by a young kid from Greenwich and his friends, who posed for pictures with Gardner after the game. Personally, I would have asked for entry to the clubhouse disco party and truly experience a Gardy Party.