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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 6/21/19

Yankees won’t trade Frazier for a rental; Judge ready to play at max effort; Montgomery shut down with shoulder inflammation; Why the balls keep leaving the yard

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SNY | Andy Martino: If the Yankees trade Clint Frazier this summer, it will be on their terms. Martino reports that the club won’t move Frazier for a rental, including the likes of Madison Bumgarner and Zack Wheeler. The team still thinks highly of the outfielder, so they will need a player of significant value in return.

ESPN | Coley Harvey: The Yankees are adding another impact bat to their lineup tonight, as Aaron Judge returns from the injured list. Judge, for his part, will play with no reservations. He won’t go easy on his swing out of fear of re-injuring his oblique. He’s ready to go and looking to fire on all cylinders. It’s time to get excited about Judge if you haven’t done so already. | Brendan Kuty: Jordan Montgomery’s recovery from Tommy John surgery hit a setback. The Yankees shut the southpaw down after he experienced discomfort in his throwing shoulder, and an MRI revealed inflammation. The scan found no structural damage, so that’s good at least. We’ll have more on Montgomery later this afternoon, but for now, but for now, you have to feel for Monty.

The Athletic | Jayson Stark (subscription required): We tend to stay away from recommending pieces behind a paywall, but this story was too good to pass up. Stark took a deep dive into baseball’s surging rate of home runs, as well as the juiced ball. He looked under every rock to try to find an explanation, but everything pointed towards the baseballs themselves.