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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 8/30/19

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Clint Frazier expected to join team in September; Luis Severino’s rehab moved to Scranton; Masahiro Tanaka and James Paxton working on specific pitches.

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MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: Although the Yankees haven’t announced who will be called up when rosters expand on September 1, Aaron Boone said that Clint Frazier is “probably” going to be one of them. The outfielder has reportedly been working hard on his defense. Also in this story is a list of all the players headed to the Arizona Fall League.

NJ.com | Brendan Kuty: The Yankees have readjusted some of their plans for the injured players rehabbing in Florida. Luis Severino expected to start in Tampa on Sunday, but Hurricane Dorian is headed in that direction. Sevy will make the start in Triple-A Scranton instead. Don’t get too excited though. The team reiterated that just because he will pitch in Triple-A doesn’t mean he is that close to joining the big leagues.

FanGraphs | Jake Mailhot: Masahiro Tanaka has struggled with his splitter this season. After trying and failing to find a mechanical issue with the pitch, the ball itself ended up being to blame. It looks like he has started to figure it out with a new grip.

New York Post | Kevin Kernan: Speaking of specific pitches, James Paxton made the decision to increase his curveball usage earlier in the month. The southpaw feels that has contributed to his recent success.