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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 7/27/19

Cameron Maybin activated over Clint Frazier; Tanaka’s clunker highlights team’s need for pitching; Dellin Betances throwing at 90 feet; conflicting reports regarding Marcus Stroman.

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Pete Caldera | After Stephen Tarpley was sent down following Thursday’s game, a corresponding move awaited. The Yanks decided on Cameron Maybin, cutting his rehab assignment short and leaving Clint Frazier in Scranton, since Maybin would have soon returned from his rehab anyway.

Ken Davidoff | NY Post: Masahiro Tanaka was flat-out embarrassed by the Red Sox on Thursday night, and he is not alone in Yankees starters who have been knocked around of late. The rotation has been beaten up thoroughly against playoff-caliber offenses like the Sox and Twins, and Tanaka’s latest dud should be a red flag to the front office that the rotation must be reinforced before the trade deadline.

George A. King III | NY Post: The Yankees are also looking for internal pitching help, and star reliever Dellin Betances is trying to work his way back from his lengthy stint on the IL. The big righty tossed 25 pitches at 60 feet, 20 at 75 feet and finished his throwing program with five throws from 90 feet on Thursday. He will take Friday off and resume throwing on Saturday. It seems like a slow and steady process, but hopefully Betances doesn’t encounter any setbacks this time as he recovers from a shoulder impingement and a lat strain.

Mike Rosenstein | Ah, trade season. A time of conflicting reports and a fury of who-knows-what. In today’s edition, Andy Martino of SNY reported that Marcus Stroman could be off the trading block, instead looking to be extended by the Blue Jays. Joel Sherman recently reported that Stroman would be the most likely arm to be dealt before the deadline, and Stroman took to Twitter to say that Martino’s report was “news to me.” In short, we still know nothing, except that the Yanks need starting pitching.