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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 7/3/19

Yankees make Dominguez signing official; Rothschild discusses Deivi Garcia; John Sterling taking a small leave of absence; Voit hits the IL, Mike Ford called up; Logan Morrison opts out

Baltimore Orioles v New York Yankees Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images | Chad Thornburg: Yesterday was the official start of the international signing period, and boy, did the Yankees make a splash. Jasson Dominguez, the consensus top international prospect this year, made it official with the Yankees. FanGraphs already lists the 16-year-old as the 61st prospect in all of baseball and the number one prospect in the Yankees’ system. No pressure though. | Brendan Kuty: Yankees’ pitching coach Larry Rothschild recently sat down with Kuty to discuss Deivi Garcia, the organization’s top pitching prospect. It’s a pretty short Q&A, but Rothschild seems impressed with Garcia’s potential and downplayed concerns about his relatively short stature.

New York Post | Andrew Marchand: Thursday will mark the end of an incredible streak. Citing some health concerns, John Sterling is going to step away from the Yankees’ radio booth for the first time in 30 years. Ryan Ruocco is going to take Sterling’s place in his absence. My favorite tidbit from the article: “The last time Sterling missed a Yankees game, Don Mattingly was the team’s first baseman and Deion Sanders played the outfield in the Bronx.”

Unfortunately, it seems like every time I have the news, I have to write about another Yankee injury. This time it’s for Luke Voit, who hit the IL on Tuesday for an abdominal strain he suffered during the London Series. Fortunately, Voit might not miss much time:

Mike Ford got the call over Logan Morrison to replace Voit, which caused Morrison to exercise the opt-out clause in his contract. He is now a free agent.