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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 8/23/2020

Boone offers updates from the Stadium; Paxton blames injury surge on rushed spring training; Aaron Judge ready to go

Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images | Brendan Kuty: Aaron Boone spoke to reporters from Yankee Stadium on Saturday for about 15 minutes, updating several areas of concern with the team. Of note, it’s unlikely that there will be a doubleheader to make up the games that were postponed with the Mets on Monday, James Paxton won’t throw for two weeks, and Gleyber Torres will be sidelined for about 2-3 weeks. You can read the rest of the updates from Kuty here.

New York Daily News | Kristie Ackert: Speaking of Paxton, the left-hander spoke to the media as well. Paxton talked about feeling lucky that the injury he sustained wasn’t something major like his UCL, and that he expects to make it back in time to pitch this season. Paxton also highlighted the short training camp that he and all of the players had as a likely cause for the slew of injuries across the league, something that is becoming a common perception.

New York Post | George A. King III: At least there was one positive bit of news for the team. The next time they play, expect Aaron Judge to be back in the lineup. Boone said that Judge “looks ready to go” in the team’s practice, and should be back in all likelihood Tuesday against the Braves. Judge argued against the IL stint in the first place, so it stands to reason that it would be a short stay on the shelf for him, but he’ll be a welcome sight to a lineup that has struggled in his absence.