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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 5/15/20

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Yankees didn’t expect Aaron Judge back before summer; Jordan Montgomery’s important role in 2020 and beyond; Doc Gooden looks back at his no-hitter.

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ESPN | Marly Rivera: In a charity video call on Thursday, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman revealed that the team did not expect Aaron Judge to be ready to play before the summer. His broken rib, which then caused a punctured lung, was in an awkward place that has caused it to heal slower and cause the extended timeline for his return. However, the delay to the start of the season has made it so that Judge and Aaron Hicks may not end up missing any time if/when baseball does return.

New York Daily News | Dan Martin: Another player that has (fairly) recently recovered from injury is Jordan Montgomery. The pitcher returned right at the end of last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2018. With Luis Severino requiring the same procedure, Montgomery has a fairly important role to play in 2020. That important role may expand even more depending on what happens with Masahiro Tanaka and James Paxton’s impending free agencies.

NJ.com | Bob Klapisch: Yesterday was the anniversary of Doc Gooden’s 1996 no-hitter, which we here at Pinstripe Alley commemorated. Here is an interview with the pitcher about that day and how the performance may have saved his major league career.