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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 8/5/19

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Yankees don’t plan to call up Clint Frazier anytime soon; DJ LeMahieu to man first base while everyone is injured; Aaron Hicks avoided worst-case scenario injury; Brian Cashman talks real reason trade with Mets didn’t happen

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New York Post | Howie Kussoy: Don’t plan on seeing Clint Frazier in the Bronx anytime soon. When asked if the Yankees had considered calling him up after the recent injuries, Aaron Boone said “no.” The manager went on to say that it is not true that he has fallen out of favor with the Yankees, however, and that if the right spot opens up, he’ll get the call.

NJ.com | Brian Fonseca: All of the Yankee first basemen—Luke Voit, Edwin Encarnacion, and Greg Bird—are injured. DJ LeMahieu will take over as the everyday first baseman for the time being. Obviously Mike Ford will be the backup, and Gio Urshela is considered the emergency first baseman. Get well soon, everyone.

New York Post | Zach Braziller: The Bombers can’t catch a break in the injury department. Not only did Encarnacion go down with an injury Saturday, but Aaron Hicks suffered one too. Apparently he pulled his right flexor during a throw. The good news is that he avoided Didi Gregorius’ fate last postseason and didn’t suffer any ligament damage. He’ll be shut down for awhile, but hopefully will return before the season ends.

NJ.com | Randy Miller: So the Yankees and Mets didn’t make a trade deadline deal because of the cross-town rivalry thing, right? Brian Cashman says there was more to it than that. While acknowledging that their proximity makes things tricky, he also pointed to the fact that the Mets started playing better as the deadline approached and decided they could make a run for a Wild Card spot after all.