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Around the Empire: Yankees news — 8/30/2020

The Machine returns to the lineup; Deivi Garcia to make MLB debut; Cashman speaks out about injury epidemic, Happ’s comments

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ESPN | Marly Rivera: Reinforcements have begun to arrive, as the Yankees resident android returned to the lineup in yesterday’s victory over the Mets. DJ LeMahieu, who has been on the injured list since hurting his left thumb swinging a bat against the Boston Red Sox on August 15, represented a much-needed boost to the Yankee lineup, which had not won a game since August 17. Hopefully, the second baseman sticks around longer than Aaron Judge did upon his return.

CBS Sports | Mike Axisa: Yankees top pitching prospect Deivi Garcia will make his Major League debut as part of today’s doubleheader against the New York Mets. Garcia put himself on the map last season, flying through three levels, starting the Futures Game and finishing the season with Triple-A Scranton. With the Yankees pitching staff struggling in both the rotation and the bullpen, the Yankees hope that Garcia can help the big league club long-term this season in some capacity.

New York Daily News: Kristie Ackert: Brian Cashman talked extensively with reporters yesterday about this season’s injury epidemic. While the story’s headline and lede focus on Aaron Judge’s “failed rehab” that, Dr. Chris Ahmad had warned, “doubles the time on the rehab side,” just as, if not more interesting, were his remarks about the new training and fitness programs. Notably, he mentioned that executives from other teams, both within baseball and in other major sports leagues, advised him not to judge things too quickly, as strength and conditioning changes often see short-term spikes in injuries even when they are better in the long term.

In shorter-term news, Aaron Boone mentioned that Gleyber Torres is “getting close,” while a decision will be made about Zack Britton after a bullpen session on Sunday. | Randy Miller: Following insinuations by J.A. Happ that the Yankees were manipulating his playing time to avoid the option in his contract from vesting, Brian Cashman fired back, citing COVID-19 postponements, rainouts, and Happ’s own subpar play as the reasons for his inconsistent pitching schedule. Judging from Happ’s performance yesterday, it seems like he got the memo.