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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 8/12/19

Tarpley the latest Yankee to hit the IL; Urshela reflects on trade to Yanks; Yankees should consider an opener in the postseason; missing out on Patrick Corbin could haunt team come October.

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New York Post: Let’s be honest, you already know what the first piece of news is this morning. The Yankees suffered yet another injury, this time a left shoulder—I mean elbow—impingement, so the team called up pitchers Joe Mantiply and Brady Lail. This news comes a day after Jonathan Holder was put on the IL with shoulder inflammation, so more middle relief help was needed.

Randy Miller | Noted power hitter Gio Urshela shared his comical trade story from last year, when he thought the news that he had been dealt to the Yankees was a joke. Well, the trade itself seems like a joke now, a comical steal for the Yankees, who have enjoyed Urshela’s breakout season. He added to that this past weekend with a trio of home runs and a double in the series split against his former team.

Ken Davidoff | NY Post: The Yankees lost their first game of the season when deploying an opener on Saturday, but that shouldn’t discourage the team from implementing that strategy come October. The team doesn’t have a core of reliable arms in the starting rotation, so why not throw an opposing offense a number of different looks before getting to the back end of the bullpen?

Matt Ehalt | Yahoo! Sports: Speaking of the Yankees’ less-than-reliable starting rotation, that rotation could have felt like it was standing on more solid ground had the Yankees added Patrick Corbin in the offseason. Yes, this news was months ago and it’s long since been time to move on, but there is a chance this topic is brought back up come October, should unpredictable arms like J.A. Happ falter in a postseason series. Then, the Yankees would likely wish they had dished out their surplus of money to an arm like Corbin.