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Around the Empire: New York Yankees news - 8/4/19

Deivi Garcia is a September call-up candidate; Domingo German is on an innings limit; Remembering the ‘94 Yankees and Dandy, the Yankees’ former mascot

SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game Photo by Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Getty Images | Brendan Kuty: If all goes well, Deivi Garcia could make his way to the Bronx before the season is over. Brian Cashman and the Yankees aren’t going to rush him through Triple-A, but if he continues to progress, then fans might expect to see him out of the bullpen in September. | Randy Miller: Domingo German has done a great job in the rotation this year, but that might not save him from moving to the bullpen in the coming months. German has only eclipsed 100 innings three times in his career: 2014, 2017, and 2019. After Saturday’s seven-inning start, he’s at 104 innings and is fewer than 20 away from setting a new career-high. Cashman won’t say what his limit is for the year, but the Yankees won’t hesitate to sit him down once his limit is reached.

New York Post | Mike Vaccaro: Remember the pennant-clinching 1994 Yankees? I don’t because I was born in April of that year, but Saturday was the 25th anniversary of that team clinching an AL East win. Obviously, the strike that started on August 12th of that year, and that meant there were no playoffs. The team never had a real shot at a World Series title, but it’s always fun to play the what-if game. Think that Don Mattingly-Paul O’Neill-Wade Boggs lineup had enough to clinch World Series number 23?

New York Post | Eric Spitznagel: Speaking of forgotten Yankees, were you aware of the Yankees’ one-time mascot, Dandy? Back in the Summer of 1979, recent college grad Rick Ford suited up as the new Yankees’ mascot, whose costume looks something like a cross between the Phillie Phanatic and Thurman Munson. Dandy was, of course, not a successful venture, but Spitznagel helped uncover a nearly-forgotten piece of Yankee history—a fun read.

Seriously though, I never do a link roundup without some injury news. This time it’s for Edwin Encarnacion, who is will be out for the next at least a few weeks with a fractured right wrist. It hasn’t been announced exactly how long he’ll be out, but this might be a helpful guide: