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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 4/19/21

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Yankees know their play isn’t good enough; Jay Bruce retires, with Mike Ford an obvious option to replace him; Domingo Germán may return to the majors this week

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Yahoo | Scott Thompson: With the Yankees’ current ills, you don’t have to worry about whether or not they know things are going poorly. Gerrit Cole said the clubhouse was “not happy,” while others have echoed that they know things aren’t good enough right now. At the same time, DJ LeMahieu acknowledged that “no one’s going to feel sorry” for them, and they simply have to improve.

CBS Sports | Katherine Acquavella: After his slow start to the season, Jay Bruce elected to call time on his career, retiring after Sunday’s game with the Yankees. Bruce hit just .118/.231/.235 in 2021, but otherwise, he has had a very solid MLB career, earning three All-Star selections and slugging 319 homers in 14 years.

New York Daily News | Kristie Ackert: With an off-day today, the Yankees have until tomorrow to make a corresponding move to Bruce’s retirement and haven’t yet at the time of writing. With Luke Voit still out and DJ LeMahieu also important for other positions on the diamond, it seems as if the obvious move would be to call Mike Ford back up for the time being and hope he can recapture some 2019 magic.

NJ.com | Randy Miller: Domingo Germán was less than great in his first couple starts of the season, leading him to getting demoted to the alternate site. It appears as through we may see him again soon. After a solid outing at the alternate site, it seems as if the plan is to call Germán back up after the 10-day period and have him start one of the Yankees’ games in Cleveland this week.