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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 6/22/19

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Reports say Yankees’ interest in Scherzer is very real; Showalter could join YES Network; Hicks hurting, Maybin worse; Domingo German on the mend

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SNY | John Harper: Harper reported a Yankees source said Brian Cashman will do “whatever it takes” to land Max Scherzer. Still, it takes two to tango, and the Nationals might not want to surrender their ace no matter the cost. A Nationals insider apparently told Harper there was “no chance” the righty gets dealt because ownership wants him to become the organization’s first Hall of Famer. If only Cashman went all out for Scherzer when he was a free agent back in 2015.

New York Daily News | Bob Raissman: Former Seinfeld star Buck Showalter is in talks to join the YES Network as an analyst. Reports indicate Showalter would serve as a part time, fill-in analyst, not totally dissimilar to what David Wells and Jeff Nelson have done with the broadcast team this season. Raissman also mentions Willie Randolph has had similar talks with the network.

It wouldn’t be a proper link roundup without a handful of injury updates, so here we go.

Aaron Hicks is dealing with some right shoulder pain, but it might not be totally serious. Coley Harvey had this to say prior to Friday’s game:

Obviously, Hicks isn’t hurting bad enough to hit the IL. He subbed in for Cameron Maybin, who left last night’s game with a left calf strain.

On a happier note, Domingo German took his first steps back towards the big leagues on Friday. He threw a 25-pitch bullpen, his first since hitting the IL with a strained left hip flexor. Aaron Boone added he believes German’s next big league start could come before the All-Star break.

We’ll have a full injury roundup later today.