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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 9/17/20

Aaron Judge to make his return; Deivi García’s development crucial to Yankees’ playoff hopes; Stanton and Judge return to a lineup carried by Luke Voit; Derek Jeter to kick out Tom Brady.

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ESPN: At last, Aaron Judge is back. The right fielder has missed over three weeks since straining his calf in his first game back from an earlier strain. Judge will hopefully not have to make such a prompt return to the IL, with the playoffs suddenly right around the corner. Judge had an excellent 1.081 OPS before hitting the shelf, but will have missed over half the season upon returning.

New York Daily News | Kristie Ackert: Giancarlo Stanton returned to the Yankees two nights ago, and Aaron Judge is back again as well, but they return to a lineup that has been carried by Luke Voit. The first baseman is no longer a role player in a lineup anchored by Stanton and Judge; he is an anchor as well. With a league-leading 18 home runs, Voit will give opposing pitchers another terrifying power bat to reckon with when opposing the Yankee offense.

New York Post | Dan Martin: Deivi García has been a minor revelation in the Yankees’ rotation thus far, turning in four strong starts with a 3.28 ERA and 0.973 WHIP. García might be a key to the team’s playoff hopes, as he now profiles as a Game Three starter in a potential postseason series. Thanks to García, a rotation that was in disarray just a couple weeks ago now looks strong at the top, with Gerrit Cole, Masahiro Tanaka, and the 21-year-old rookie lined up.

New York Daily News | Kristie Ackert: Aaron Boone’s decision to rest Gleyber Torres last week one day after returning from injury prompted some questions about how the Yankees were easing their stars back into the lineup. Boone also sat Stanton last night after one game back, and the manager explained the team’s approach: “we’re going lightly because they didn’t really have a big rehab process, as far as going down and playing a number of games... So we kind of decided that, ‘Hey, let’s build them up here, and we’ll do it a little more conservatively here’”. It appears the lack of minor league games for major league stars to rehab in has big league teams playing things cautiously. | Mike Rosenstein: Derek Jeter, who has been renting his Tampa, Florida mansion to Tom Brady, will be kicking out the future Hall-of-Fame quarterback out in order to sell the property. Brady knew ahead of time that Jeter was likely to sell his home, and given his shaky first week performance for the Buccaneers, perhaps the 43-year-old will think twice about placing a down payment on his own place in Tampa.