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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 8/25/19

Encarnacion’s on the mend; Much ado about Players’ Weekend uniforms; Cortes Jr. has become a bullpen regular

Boston Red Sox vs New York Yankees Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images | Brendan Kuty: Good news on the injury front for the Yankees: Edwin Encarnacion has resumed baseball activities. The first baseman reportedly fielded groundballs and did some tee-and-toss. Aaron Boone expects to have Encarnacion back before the postseason. “My understanding is it all went really well,” Boone told Kuty. “He’s doing well.” Here’s hoping we get a few more trots with the parrot before season’s end.

CBS Sports | R.J. Anderson: Many across baseball have criticized the black and white uniforms for this year’s Players’ Weekend. Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts reportedly petitioned MLB to allow the Dodgers and Yankees to wear their traditional uniforms. The league, of course, denied this request. I guess they’ll just have to meet in the World Series now.

New York Daily News | Bradford William Davis: Nestor Cortes Jr. has had a long and winding road to the major leagues. Now he’s a mainstay in the Yankees’ bullpen, and he owes his success to a remarkably diverse repertoire. He changes speeds and deliveries to keep batters off balance. The left-hander credits Oliver Perez, in particular, for encouraging him to experiment on the mound.