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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 9/26/19

Greg Bird details comeback efforts; Why Yankees kept Deivi Garcia in minors; Teammates share CC stories; Commissioner speaks out about “juiced baseballs”

Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images | Brendan Kuty: Although there was buzz that the Yankees might call up Deivi Garcia, he stayed in the minors and got more seasoning. Pitching coach Larry Rothschild spoke about Garcia’s season, and expectations for next season. Rothschild mentioned that developing a better feel for the entirety of Garcia’s four-pitch mix was something that Garcia could work on going forward.

SNY | Scott Thompson: 2019 was a lost season for Greg Bird, after plantar fasciitis ended his season after 10 games. Bird admitted the season has been “frustrating” and confirmed that he will not be back for the playoffs. Although he didn’t originally think his injury would be season-ending, Bird is gearing up for next season, whether it’s with the Yankees or not.

WFAN | Sweeny Murti: CC Sabathia’s career is almost over, and he has impacted hundreds of players over his nearly-20-year career. Sweeny Murti spoke to several of Sabathia’s teammates from Cleveland, Milwaukee and New York for this piece. Sabathia has said that he’s always just wanted to be known as a good teammate. Surely all of his teammates can attest that he has been.

Forbes | Maury Brown: Although Major League Baseball has not confirmed the use of altered, “juiced balls,” Commissioner Rob Manfred said that MLB “needs to make a change to the baseball.” As home run rates skyrocket, MLB will launch an investigation after the World Series that will determine if there will be changes to the ball for next season.