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Around the Empire: Yankees news 5/19/19

Didi and Stanton could begin rehab games soon; Paxton will test knee one more time Sunday; Chad Green, the opener; X-rays negative on Tanaka’s shin

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New York Post | Zach Braziller: More Yankees are on their way back from the injured list. Didi Gregorius and Giancarlo Stanton are close to playing in rehab games. Gregorius is set to play shortstop in extended spring training on Monday, a big milestone in his return from Tommy John surgery. Stanton could begin a rehab assignment with High-A Tampa if he has a good weekend. A biceps and shoulder strain has kept Stanton out since March. | Randy Miller: James Paxton is also on his way back from a left knee injury. The Yankees left-hander claims his knee has been better every time he’s thrown since hitting the IL on May 4. If he can make it through his scheduled bullpen on Sunday pain free, then the Yankees will likely activate him for their road trip next week.

In Paxton’s absence, it would seem the Yankees will deploy an opener for Sunday’s finale against the Rays. Chad Green is set to serve as the first pitcher tomorrow.

Jonathan Holder and Tommy Kahnle have both thrown two days in a row, and Luis Cessa threw a good number of pitches yesterday. Outside of those three, everyone else should be available.

It also looks like Masahiro Tanaka will be okay after taking a Yandy Diaz ground ball to the right shin in yesterday’s game. At 111.3 MPH, Diaz’s grounder was the hardest hit ball all game.