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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 9/13/19

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Domingo German’s playoff role still unclear; Clint Frazier’s outfield learning experience; Luis Severino set to return; Dellin Betances continues rehab

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ESPN | Marly Rivera Aaron Boone made some interesting comments regarding the role Domingo German might play for the Yankees come playoff time. Boone suggested that German could start games as he has all season, but also acknowledged the possibility of German being used for one inning out of the bullpen, or even serving as the team’s long reliever. German told Rivera, “I will pitch in whatever role they put me in when they make their decisions.”

New York Post | Dan Martin As the injury bug continues to bite the Yankees, it becomes increasingly likely Clint Frazier could play a role in October. However, his defense still comes into question at times, and Boone pointed to Frazier’s inability to hit the cutoff man in Tuesday’s loss, calling it a “teaching moment.” The Yankees are confident Frazier has all the tools to be a good MLB outfielder, but he continues to struggle with some of the details.

CBS Sports | R.J. Anderson Help is on the way for the Yankees rotation. Luis Severino has completed his rehab assignment and is expected to join the Yankees rotation Tuesday against the Angels. Stanton could also return for the Yankees’ final homestand of the season, although an exact date has not yet been decided.

New York Post | Dan Martin Luis Severino is rejoining the big league club, but Dellin Betances has not yet received the same green light. Betances pitched a scoreless inning for Trenton on Tuesday, striking out two batters, but Boone said they’ll continue to build him up in the minor leagues. Boone was quoted as saying, “He’s not all the way back to where he would want to be or where we would want him to be… If we can continue to build him up while we have the opportunity down there, we’ll do that.’’ The Yankees are clearly playing the long game with Betances, in hopes that he’ll be his usual dominant self by the time the playoffs begin.