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Around the Empire: Yankees news 6/11/19

Judge and Stanton starting rehab games soon; Voit wants in on the Home Run Derby; Voit and Sanchez are first in All-Star voting; Yankees sign first-rounder Anthony Volpe

MLB: Spring Training-Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports The Yankees got a handful of injury updates on Monday. Giancarlo Stanton is ready to (again) begin rehab games in Tampa. He’ll play with the Tarpons on Tuesday and Wednesday before heading up to Scranton on Friday. Aaron Judge could begin a rehab assignment as early as this weekend. Domingo German’s MRI on his strained left hip flexor looked “good,” according to Brian Cashman in an interview with WFAN, and he isn’t concerned about it. However, the Yankees’ GM didn’t sound nearly as confident about Dellin Betances’s setback. | Brendan Kuty: Luke Voit is vying for a spot in the Home Run Derby. When reporters asked if he’d accept an invite to the contest, the Yankee first basemen responded, “hell yeah.” It was a ton of fun watching Gary Sanchez and Aaron Judge in the derby a couple seasons ago, and I’m sure Voit would be equally fun. His 15 homers on the season are second-most on the team, trailing only Gary Sanchez. | Paul Casella: The first All-Star voting update got released on Monday, and several Yankees are doing extremely well in voting. Currently, Luke Voit and Gary Sanchez lead at their positions. DJ LeMahieu and Gio Urshela are in second place, and Gleyber Torres is third in shortstop voting. All-Star voting is a bit different this year than in year’s past. On June 26th, the top three players at each position move onto “The Starters Election,” and the votes reset. After another round of voting, the rosters are set. | James Kratch: The Yankees have signed their first round pick, Anthony Volpe. The high school shortstop signed for around $2.75 million, about $375,000 above slot. The Yankees made Volpe the 30th pick in the draft. Scouts apparently love his makeup and work ethic, but most mock drafts had ranked him much lower than 30th. FanGraphs appears to have ranked him highest of all the talent evaluators. Kiley McDaniel and Eric Longenhagen had him as the 38th-best prospect in the draft. Tyler Norton had the official PSA write up.