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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 8/13/20

Judge out, Frazier in; Boone confident Torres will find his way at shortstop; Chapman one step away from returning

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NY Post | George A. King III: Stop me if you’ve heard this before, Aaron Judge is dealing with an injury but it’s not serious. Honestly though, as with all of Judge’s setbacks, this is something to keep an eye on. Boone initially claimed that he’d pulled Judge from Tuesday’s game simply as a precaution after playing repeatedly on Tampa Bay’s turf field, but now he’s dealing with some tight muscles. If he gets back into the lineup on Friday it’s much ado about nothing, but for now we’ll be monitoring Judge’s status nonstop. In the meantime, Clint Frazier has an opportunity to play, and he’s already making an impact for the Yankees.

NY Daily News | Kristie Ackert: Gleyber Torres has never been a standout on the defensive side, whether he was playing shortstop or second base. It’s been a work-in-progress throughout Torres’ career, but it’s come to a head this year after a particularly sloppy spring training and several miscues in this shortened season. Aaron Boone isn’t deterred from putting the star middle infielder out there, however, believing that he will grow into the role with experience. | Brendan Kuty: Aroldis Chapman is nearly ready to return to the Yankees, and in fact he believes he’s only one step away from rejoining the team. Chapman told reporters that he has faced live hitters down in the alternative training site, and expected to get another outing today or tomorrow. If all goes well there, Chapman expects to get the call back to New York.