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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 8/6/20

Chapman begins training at the alternate site; Happ struggles with location, gets shelled again; Garcia falls off top 100 list

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New York Post | Dan Martin: After recovering from the coronavirus, Aroldis Chapman has reported to the Yankees’ alternate site. Cue The X-Files’ theme music. Unfortunately for the Bombers, they have to wait a little while longer before their closer returns. “I don’t expect it anytime soon,’’ Yankees manager Aaron Boone told Martin. Considering the recent rash of pitching injuries across baseball, it sounds smart for them to take their time.

Newsday | Erik Boland: J.A. Happ’s struggles continued on Wednesday afternoon, when the southpaw served up four runs across three innings. He allowed three hits and issues six (6!) walks. “I have to get back in the zone and make pitches,” Happ explained. “I take pride in being able to do that and I wasn’t able to today.” In a short season, one has to imagine the Yankees have a short leash on Happ. | Mike Rosenstein: This time last year, Yankees fans dreamed on Deivi Garcia coming up down the stretch and reinforcing the pitching staff. The excitement that came from his ascent through the system slowed down, though, as he struggled in Triple-A, and battled control in spring training and summer camp. Now, the once top-100 prospect finds himself on the outside looking in. He’s still a promising arm, but he’s been surpassed by Clarke Schmidt and others in the pecking order.