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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 4/2/19

Stanton and Andujar hit the IL; German impresses in start; Martinez believes in LeMahieu; Sterling’s streak at risk

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MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: We joke a lot about being doomed at the beginning of a season if it doesn’t start well, but there might actually be something to that this year. Yesterday, the Yankees placed both Giancarlo Stanton and Miguel Andujar on the injured list. Stanton has a biceps strain and will be replaced by Clint Frazier, while Andujar has a small labrum tear and could miss the whole season. DJ LeMahieu is expected to get most of the starts at third base while Tyler Wade was also recalled from Triple-A.

New York Post | Dan Martin: At least one good thing happened yesterday. Domingo German, pressed into the rotation because of injuries and suspension, had a solid start. He went five scoreless innings and gave the Yankees some hope that they’ll be okay with him filling in until the reinforcements arrive.

SNY | Scott Thompson: Tino Martinez said he believes the Yankees have a secret weapon in DJ LeMahieu. Hopefully he’s right considering that the Yankees are going to be relying on him and his bat with Andujar’s injury. Martinez expects LeMahieu to hit .300 with 20 home runs, which would definitely be a welcome surprise for Yankees fans, especially considering he’s never hit more than 15 in a season.

Newsday | Neil Best: John Sterling hasn’t missed calling a game in 30 years, but that streak looks like it may be coming to an end this June. Sterling’s triplets are slated to graduate high school in June and the Yankees are scheduled to play the Blue Jays that day. The game is in the afternoon and the graduation is in the evening so there’s a chance it’ll all be okay, but Rickie Ricardo, who does the Spanish radio broadcast, is ready to step in alongside Suzyn Waldman just in case.