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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 9/16/20

Stanton and Urshela are back!; MLB announces postseason venues and schedule; Gleyber’s quad is acting up; Yankees could get Judge back before the weekend; Paxton is running out of time

New York Yankees v Tampa Bay Rays Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images | Bryan Hoch: At long last, the Yankees activated slugger Giancarlo Stanton from the injured list. He hadn’t played since August 8 with a left hamstring strain. Joining him to the Bronx is infielder Gio Urshela, and to make room for them, the Bombers sent Mike Ford and Miguel Andújar to the team’s alternate site. According to manager Aaron Boone, Stanton, who batted fourth yesterday, will sit today and play on Thursday and Friday. | Mark Feinsand: MLB announced the 2020 postseason schedule, one that will include the first World Series in modern history to be played in a neutral venue: Arlington, Texas. The top four seeds in each league will host the best-of-three Wild Card series, but after that, the action will take place in neutral sites, such as San Diego, Houston, Los Angeles, and Arlington. Click the link to see the dates of each series. | Randy Miller: Gleyber Torres, who recently came off the injured list, didn’t start yesterday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays because he was nursing a “quad issue,” according to manager Aaron Boone, who didn’t sound too concerned and even said that if it was a playoff game, Torres would have started.

And from Twitter:

The Yankees are about to get their most dangerous hitter back, as Aaron Judge, who is recovering from a re-aggravation of a calf injury, will return before the weekend, per manager Aaron Boone. The slugger is already punishing the ball at the Yankees’ alternate training site and it’s looking likely that he rejoins the club during the Blue Jays series. He’s been out since August 28. In 18 games, Judge is slashing .292/.343/.739 with nine round-trippers.

While the Yankees are getting good news on the injury front when it comes to position players, one of the most important starting pitchers on the roster is looking more like a longshot to play again this season with each passing day. James Paxton, recovering from a Grade 1 left flexor strain, hasn’t resumed throwing, and with just a handful of games left, is running out of time to return even as a reliever.