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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 5/16/19

Andujar to have surgery; Stanton shoulder saga takes another turn; Paxton on his way back; Britton talks about his sinker

Seattle Mariners v New York Yankees Photo by Elsa/Getty Images | Bryan Hoch: After a lengthy stint on the IL, an ill-fated comeback and a return to the IL, Miguel Andujar is going under the knife. Andujar will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery on Monday. Andujar originally hurt his shoulder diving into a base in March. While Gio Urshela has been a pleasant surprise, there’s no way around it – the Yankees are losing a top bat in Andujar.

SNY | Andy Martino: Giancarlo Stanton’s status is, well, a mystery. After a head-scratching press conference where Aaron Boone provided little information on Stanton’s status, the Yankees went out to acquire Kendrys Morales to take some of his DH reps. However, the Yankees say they are still not concerned with Stanton long-term. He is facing live pitching and making slow but steady progress to a comeback. | James Kratch: James Paxton is on his way back to a faster return than originally anticipated. Paxton said he feels no pain in his knee and that everything “feels great.” Paxton will wear a knee brace indefinitely, and may gear up for a rehab start before his Bronx return.

New York Post | Kevin Kernan: The sinker is Zack Britton’s signature pitch. However, it wasn’t quite the same after injuries cost Britton significant time in the 2017 and 2018 seasons. Britton has recently gained more control and confidence in his sinker, and he gave some good quotes here about his approach and how specifically he got command back of his favorite pitch.