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Around the Empire: Yankees News - 8/15/19

Domingo German’s success raises usage questions; Zack Britton a clubhouse labor leader; Ryan Dull is now a Yankee; Luis Severino is closer than you think

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ESPN | Coley Harvey: Domingo German has been the Yankees’ best pitcher this year, stabilizing a rotation that desperately needed it. It’s been a breakout season for the right-hander, but has raised questions about his innings limi. He’s already blown past his career totals just this season. It’s hard to see the Yankees shutting German down completely, but mitigating his usage down the stretch certainly is a possibility.

New York Daily News | Bradford William Davis: Zack Britton has stepped up as a clubhouse leader for this Yankees squad, especially in one specific area: the looming expiration of the collective bargaining agreement and tensions around a potential labor stoppage. Britton’s taken it upon himself to educate some of the younger Yankees about the last stoppage, the infamous 1994 strike, and how the players can maintain labor peace while still getting the best deal for themselves.

New York Post: There is no stone the Yankees will leave unturned when it comes to loading up on relief pitching. The latest example is yesterday’s mid-game waiver claim, Ryan Dull, formerly of the Giants. Dull hasn’t exactly been good in limited MLB action this year, but the Yankees are hoping he can provide a depth option in the bullpen that takes some of the stress off the high-leverage arms until the playoffs. | Brendan Kuty: One thing that could provide some sort of reprieve for German would be the return of Luis Severino, which may be sooner than you think. The ace’s rehab is on schedule, and he’s expected to throw a simulated game Saturday. After that, it shouldn’t be long before he begins a minor league rehab assignment, per Aaron Boone.