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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 8/17/20

Judge says he feels good and lobbied not to be placed on the injured list; Sánchez and Torres are starting to heat up; Frazier talks about his fielding

MLB: Atlanta Braves at New York Yankees Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports | Brendan Kuty: Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge, who was put on the 10-day injured list on Friday with a right calf strain, spoke with reporters on Sunday. “I feel 100%. I think they’re just kind of looking out for me so it doesn’t get worse because calves may start mild, but if you push on, they may turn into Grade 1 or Grade 2,” he said. He even lobbied Aaron Boone and the medical staff to give him a few days off rather than putting him on the IL. He believes that wearing spikes while playing on the Tropicana Field turf played a role in the injury.

New York Post | Dan Martin: Just as the Yankees are being hit by injuries to star players, a couple of struggling stars appear to be turning a corner. Gary Sánchez and Gleyber Torres’ bats are waking up. “It’s tough when you go through a slump. You’ve got to go back to the basics and focus on the simple things and the roots of hitting. Once you get that, things change,” the Kraken said through an interpreter. According to hitting coach Marcus Thames, it all comes down to pitch selection and execution. “For me, they’re starting to swing at better pitches,’’ he explained to The Post before Saturday’s game. “And with Gleyber and Gary, they’re a lot more balanced at the plate and their plans have been good. They’re starting to execute.” | Randy Miller: Much has been said about Clint Frazier’s fast start at the plate this year. However, not too many people are talking about his defense. He made a very good play in the first inning of Saturday’s game on a soft liner by Xander Bogaerts, good read and good jump included. “I don’t know if I’ve proven everything yet,” Frazier said. “I’m not out there to be a Gold Glover. I’m just trying to just make the simple plays. I’m not saying that I can’t get to them. Those are plays that I should make.” For the record, he also said he never viewed himself as a liability with the glove. “I obviously had a few mishaps last year, but I had long, long offseason and a long coronavirus offseason as well to make up for some stuff that happened last year. But I never really looked at myself as a bad outfielder. I just had a couple bad plays.”