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Around the Empire: Yankees News - 5/20/20

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Aaron Hicks is on the comeback trail; who is the Yankees’ top designated hitter?; Frazier’s future in the Bronx is getting murkier

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SNY: New York Yankees’ center fielder Aaron Hicks looks great in a workout video uploaded to various social media accounts on Tuesday. The two-way star, who underwent Tommy John surgery after the season, can be seen taking batting practice and performing some conditioning workouts. He was supposed to return around the All-Star break and, by all accounts, he should be able to beat that timeline. Considering baseball shouldn’t start before the beginning of July, he could very well be ready for the beginning of the season or shortly after that.

NJ.com | Mike Rosenstein The Yankees have had several successful designated hitters in their history. NJ.com wonders who has been the best of the bunch, and some of the options are Jason Giambi, Darryl Strawberry, Don Baylor, Ron Blomberg and Oscar Gamble.

New York Daily News | Kristie Ackert With the uncertainty regarding the 2020 baseball season, Clint Frazier’s future with the Yankees is, for the lack of a better word, complicated. Four years after the Andrew Miller trade that brought the outfielder to the Bronx, he hasn’t established himself in the team’s future plans. To make matters worse, the COVID-19 pandemic has allowed fellow outfielders Aaron Judge and Aaron Hicks to slowly, but surely get healthier. Frazier would have had enough at-bats to make an impression had the season started on March 26 according to the plan. That doesn’t appear to be the case anymore.