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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 8/7/20

With J.A. Happ struggling, is it the right time for the Yankees to call up Clarke Schmidt?; DJ LeMahieu’s quest for .400; Miguel Andujar optioned; Ozzie Guillen hates Nick Swisher

MLB: New York Yankees-Workouts Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports | Randy Miller: Veteran southpaw J.A. Happ struggled on Wednesday afternoon against the Philadelphia Phillies, marking the second time in as many starts that he failed to complete five innings. In three frames, he allowed three hits, four runs and six (!) walks, with only one strikeout. Given that, outside of September 2019, he hasn’t been particularly effective since 2018, one can’t help to wonder if Clarke Schmidt’s time with the Yankees is getting nearer. The young righty impressed in spring training and summer camp and seems well-equipped to succeed in the bigs.

SNY | Scott Thompson and Sam Evers: Before the season started, it was easy to speculate on some odd statistical lines when all is said and done. One of the possible scenarios was seeing Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu hit .400, taking advantage of the short season. To this point, after his first ten games, he is at .415. Could it be? Is it possible that we see DJ be the first mortal to hit that much since Ted Williams in 1941? Well, it would be very difficult, and he would have competition. For instance, the AstrosMichael Brantley and Carlos Correa and the GiantsDonovan Solano were hitting .400 as of Thursday afternoon. The season is young (and simultaneously old) and it will be extremely hard, but hey, crazy things happen in 2020. | Bryan Hoch: In a surprising turn of events, the Yankees optioned Miguel Andujar (1-for-14, no walks) to their alternate training site. Pitcher Nick Nelson and infielder Thairo Estrada joined him as the Bombers trimmed their roster to 28 players. They called up pitcher Nick Tropeano to the big club. | Mike Rosenstein: Former World Series-winning manager Ozzie Guillen, who helped the Chicago White Sox end their long title drought in 2005, ripped former Yankee Nick Swisher, who lifted the trophy with the Bombers back in 2009. He said Wednesday on NBC Sports Chicago that despite the fact he “never talked to him” (even though he actually managed him in 2008) he didn’t “like the way his attitude was all fake. And I don’t like fake people.” Ok, Ozzie.