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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 7/5/19

Gio Urshela escapes serious injury; John Sterling misses first game in nearly 30 years; Domingo German’s performance could alter team’s deadline strategy; Gleyber Torres finally makes it onto the All-Star team.

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New York Daily News | Kristie Ackert: The Yankees got good news on the Gio Urshela front, as the third baseman appears to have avoided any serious injury after pulling up a little lame on a home-run trot Wednesday night, but they received worse news regarding some of their other injuries. Aaron Boone indicated that while he expects both back at some point this season, he won’t try to estimate the timetables for Dellin Betances or Luis Severino any longer, not after both have suffered setbacks.

The Ringer | Michael Baumann: We’re all familiar with the story of DJ LeMahieu, but I certainly can’t resist one more glowing profile of the Yankees’ MVP so far, courtesy here of The Ringer. Baumann does a nice job juxtaposing the fact that LeMahieu probably came to the Bronx a tad overrated, thanks to the inflated batting averages he compiled playing at Coors Field, with how he’s blown the doors off whatever established level of performance he entered the season with. | Randy Miller: In case you missed it, Gleyber Torres was selected as an All-Star after the RaysBrandon Lowe pulled out of the game due to injury. This came just a day after Torres expressed his disappointment about having been snubbed. Given that Torres has probably been the Yankees’ best player this side of LeMahieu, Torres’ second All-Star berth in as many seasons is fully deserved.

New York Post | Joel Sherman: Domingo German put together a great start in his first outing back from the IL, and Sherman opines that such performances could have a significant impact on the Yankees’ outlook on the trade deadline. If German can keep pitching the way he did against the Mets, will the Yankees feel compelled to make their best offers for the likes of Marcus Stroman and Madison Bumgarner?

New York Times | James Wagner: If you listened to last night’s game on the radio, you surely noticed that the voice of the New York Yankees, John Sterling, was missing. It was the first game Sterling missed since September 1989, a truly unbelievable streak of over 5000 games. Ryan Ruocco filled in admirably, and he will cover the rest of this series with the Rays, in order to give Sterling a prolonged break. Sterling said he was feeling a bit under the weather, so we do hope that Sterling will be able to get well soon with a little time off.