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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 4/21/19

Aaron Judge ticketed for the injured list; Gary Sanchez nearing a return; Gio Gonzalez opts out of minor league contract

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New York Post | Joel Sherman - The Yankees have suffered an entire season’s worth of injuries in the span of a single month. On Saturday, they lost arguably their most value player in Aaron Judge. The outfielder took a bad swing and instantly grabbed for his side. Aaron Boone called it an oblique issue and projected a trip to the injured list. The Yankees haven’t made excuses for their bad luck, but one has to wonder if this is the tipping point. | Sarah Langs - Thankfully the Yankees may only need to run out a veritable Triple-A squad for a few more days. Gary Sanchez expects to return to the lineup on Wednesday. The catcher proved the team’s most powerful bat in the early goings of the season, so getting him back will make for a great relief. Giancarlo Stanton and Troy Tulowitzki may not be far behind, either. Please get well soon everyone.

ESPN: Rumors swirled yesterday that left-handed pitcher Gio Gonzalez would opt out of his minor league contract. Now he has, and the Yankees have 48 hours to either call him up or let him walk as a free agent. The southpaw has pitched well in Triple-A, but the team appears confident in its rotation. There’s no such thing as too much pitching depth, so it may prove wise to keep Gonzalez around.