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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 8/29/19

Rehabbing Yankees getting close to returns; Trying to figure extensions for Didi and Tanaka; Rob Refsnyder released again

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NY Daily News | Kristie Ackert: It feels like I’ve typed this statement several times this season already, but help is on the way. Jordan Montgomery and Luis Severino are slated to make rehab starts with Triple-A Scranton this weekend. Dellin Betances faced live hitters Wednesday afternoon. Giancarlo Stanton took on-field batting practice for the first time on Tuesday and could face live pitching soon. Finally, Didi Gregorius is likely to be back in the lineup Friday after getting the last few days off with a bone bruise in his right shoulder. | Brendan Kuty: Didi Gregorius will be a free agent at the end of the season, and some serious questions about whether the Yankees could or should bring him back exist. Brendan Kuty weighs some recent words from Jon Heyman on the subject. If the Yankees do bring back Gregorius, don’t expect them to exceed the Red Sox deal to Xander Bogaerts, six years, $120 million. On the other hand, Gleyber Torres and DJ LeMahieu have shown themselves very capable holding down the middle infield this year. What should the Yankees do?

New York Post | Joel Sherman: Believe it or not, Masahiro Tanaka has thrown the 20th-most in innings in the big leagues since 2015. Considering how much Yankee fandom stressed over the UCL tear he suffered in 2014, I think few people -- outside of maybe Tanaka himself -- thought he’d be in the spot he is now. He’s under contract through the 2020 season, and Sherman ponders the viability of an extension for the soon-to-be 30-year-old pitcher.

MLB Trade Rumors | Connor Byrne: Yankees non-prospect legend Rob Refsnyder is once again without a team. Everyone’s favorite minor leaguer from 2014 was just released from the Cincinnati Reds Triple-A affiliate. It was his sixth organization since leaving the Yankees in 2017. Refsnyder might not have much of a big league future anymore, but getting excited about his future back in 2014 was one of the most exciting things from that season. Oh well, we’ll always have #Refsnyder4NYY and this very-apt comparison: