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Around the Empire: Yankees News - 12/12/20

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Aaron Hicks’ elbow still not 100 percent; oldest living ballplayer and former Yankee set to turn 100 years old; Nestor Cortes Jr. announces his return

Division Series - New York Yankees v Tampa Bay Rays - Game Five Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

NY Post | Dan Martin: Aaron Hicks is more than a year removed from his Tommy John surgery, which he came back from during the 2019 postseason and delivered one of the top Yankee moments of the season with a three-run home run in Game 5 of the ALCS. Even now though, Hicks says the elbow still isn’t feeling 100 percent. Hicks has had his injury issues in the past but stayed on the field in 2020, and was a particularly valuable commodity in the on-base department.

MLB.com | Michael Clair: Baseball’s oldest living ballplayer is turning 100 years old! Eddie Robinson, born on Dec. 15, 1920, began his major league career in 1942, and by 1955, he was a platoon player for Casey Stengel’s Yankees. He remembers that classic World Series clash with the Dodgers, when Jackie Robinson famously stole home. The other Robinson was also in the opposing dugout in 1948 for Cleveland when the Yankees retired Babe Ruth’s number; Ruth used Robinson’s bat to lean on for support. Happy 100th to Eddie!

Nestor Cortes Jr. | No journalistic affiliation: Former Yankee reliever Nestor Cortes Jr. broke some news very late on Thursday night when he announced via Instagram that he is no longer a former Yankee, but a current one. The lefty said he has signed with the Yanks after being traded prior to last season. The windup trickery has returned.