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Around the Empire: Yankees News - 8/28/19

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Luis Severino is ready for a rehab assignment; umpires say Cory Gearrin’s pitching is against the rules; Aaron Boone doesn’t see lineup shuffle as a lack of urgency; Frazier mocks doubters on Twitter.

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Associated Press: Yankees’ ace Luis Severino declared himself ready to face minor league hitters after completing two simulated innings on Tuesday. The right-hander threw 35 pitches as he tries to come back from a lat issue, and is lined up to start on Sunday. The 25-year-old said he felt good and reported no issues. He hasn’t pitched with the big league club in 2019 and would be a welcome addition to the team’s pitching staff.

New York Daily News | Kristie Ackert: Yankees reliever Cory Gearrin was called for his first balk of the season against his former team, the Seattle Mariners, on Monday. He suggested that Seattle staff called him out just like the Oakland A’s (another Gearrin ex-club) did earlier this year when he was with the M’s. The chief umpire Sam Holbrook said that the crew felt “he was resetting his foot with his delivery to the plate which they are not allowed to do.” Yet it appears that MLB has acknowledged that Gearrin’s move was not a balk.

New York Post | George A. King III With a ten-game lead over the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL East, Yankees manager Aaron Boone planned to rest some regulars for at least one game ahead of Thursday’s day off. However, the skipper doesn’t think that it is a sign of taking the foot off the gas. “That doesn’t mean the urgency or the foot on the gas pedal changes. That is something the guys take a lot of pride in and that never changes,” he observed.

NJ.com | Brendan Kuty: Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier, currently in Triple-A, mocked those who say he is a liability with the glove late Monday night via Twitter. Reacting to a video of a running catch he made with the RailRiders, he wrote “Guys (sic) a dh.” After he was told to work on his defense in the minors, Frazier has reportedly worked very hard on improving and trusting his reads.