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Around the Empire: Yankees News - 7/18/20

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LeMahieu reported to the Bombers’ summer camp and worked out; German suggests retirement; the Nationals are cleared to play at home against the Yankees on Opening Day; Frazier gets mixed feedback for decision to play with a mask

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The Associated Press: Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu reported to summer camp in Yankee Stadium and even got in his first workout on Friday. He missed the first two weeks of training sessions after being diagnosed with COVID-19, but he is now back with the team and will try to be ready in time for Opening Day, although it is not a given. ‘’I don’t want to commit one way or the other,’’ manager Aaron Boone said. ‘’That would be a pretty quick turnaround, obviously.’’

Marly Rivera: Yankees’ right-hander Domingo German, currently suspended for his involvement in a domestic violence incident, suggested he may retire on a very confusing Instagram post. He wrote: “Todo aquel marca su historia en ambos lados, creo que marqué la mía en el #yankeestadium si decido no regresar quedaré orgulloso de mi esfuerzo en 11 años de carrera. Dios bendiga a todo aquel que me apoyó #cadalococonsutema,” which translated would be: “Some people make history on both sides, I think I did my part at Yankee Stadium, if I decide not to come back, I will be very proud of my 11-year professional career. God bless everyone who has supported me.” The hashtag means “to each his own” in Spanish, for what it’s worth.

New York Post | Jared Schwartz: After coronavirus restrictions in Washington put MLB’s Opening Day showdown between the Yankees and the Nationals in doubt, today it was confirmed that the two clubs will indeed play on July 23rd in the nation’s capital. Per The New York Post, the reigning World Champions were looking at two possible venues to play in 2020: their Class A stadium in Fredericksburg, Va. and their spring training facility in West Palm Beach, Fla. However, now the team is cleared to play at home.

NJ.com | Brendan Kuty: New York Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier is determined to wear a mask during games this season, and he doesn’t care what people think. He says he’s doing it to protect himself and others during the COVID-19 pandemic. “If wearing a mask upsets people, I’m not too worried about that one,” Frazier said, according to Brendan Kuty of NJ.com. “I got a lot of positive feedback. I got a lot of negative feedback. I got called a sheep by some people (on social media), but it’s all good,” he explained to MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch.