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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 8/22/20

Subway Series vs. Mets postponed; a cavalcade of IL and roster moves; Yankees furlough player development staff; Boone has some tough conversations.

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USA Today | Gabe Lacques: We already knew that the Subway Series opener against the Mets was postponed, but it was made official on Friday that the entire three-game set was off. Two people in the Mets organization, one player and one coach, tested positive for COVID-19, leading to the postponement of the series.

ESPN | Marly Rivera: The parade of Yankees to the IL continued on Friday as Gleyber Torres, James Paxton, and Luis Avilán were all added. They join Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, DJ LeMahieu, and Zack Britton, as notable Yankees on the IL. Some good news on that front is that Judge is likely to be activated when the Yankees finally take the field again.

ESPN: The Yankees also made a trade on Friday, acquiring reliever Addison Russ from the Phillies in exchange for David Hale. Russ has yet to play in the majors, but he has put up solid numbers in his minor league career, including a 2.54 ERA in 56.2 innings at Double-A, striking out 12.9 per nine last year. He’s headed to the alternate site, but at the rate we’re going, it wouldn’t be shocking to see him soon.

New York Post | George A. King III: With minor league games not happening, the Yankees furloughed around 60 player development staff on on Friday.

New York Daily News | Kristie Ackert: It was a bit of a testy week in Yankee land. Aaron Boone said he had some conversations/disagreements with several players this week including J.A. Happ and Judge. Happ was not thrilled to have been skipped in the rotation, while Judge attempted to argue that he didn’t need to be placed on the IL. You could also add in Gerrit Cole’s visual disappointment at being removed in his start on Wednesday. Despite that, Boone isn’t worried as he said that have disagreements and tough discussions are part of the sport.