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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 8/29/20

Urshela has bone spur in throwing arm; Yankees release  Avilán to clear spot for Mercer; Judge officially placed back on IL

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New York Post | George A King III: Gio Urshela has a bone spur in his throwing elbow and did not play in Friday’s Subway Series doubleheader. However, Aaron Boone seems optimistic about the situation. “He is day to day and actually felt he could play (Friday),’’ he said. Urshela is hitting .241/.323/.482 with five home runs (115 wRC+) in 2020.

MLB Trade Rumors | Steve Adams: The Yankees released left-handed reliever Luis Avilán in order to open a spot on the 40-man roster for infielder Jordy Mercer. New York hopes to re-sign Avilán, but felt the move was the best course of action amid a roster crunch. The southpaw reliever is dealing with a balky shoulder after pitching to a 4.32 ERA (5.91 FIP) in 8.1 innings.

ESPN: Aaron Judge is back on the 10-day injured list with a strained left calf, just days after the star slugger returned to play. Judge was activated on Wednesday, but aggravated the injury in Atlanta and was removed from the game. In response, they promoted outfield prospect Estevan Florial. He went 1-for-3 in game one of Friday’s doubleheader against the Mets.