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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 4/29/21

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Judge, Sánchez on bench Wednesday for different reasons; has Judge made a key development in his game?; Tauchman-Peralta trade intriguing for both sides; Loaisiga has taken a step forward

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New York Post | Dan Martin: Two notable Yankees both started Wednesday’s game on the bench, albeit for different reasons. After coming out for the ninth inning of Tuesday’s game, Aaron Judge wasn’t in the starting lineup, although it was somewhat expected based on Aaron Boone revealing they were looking to get him a day off as Judge had been dealing with “lower body soreness.” Gary Sánchez also wasn’t in the lineup as Kyle Higashioka continued his hot start of the season on Tuesday and has just generally been playing better than Sánchez.

FanGraphs | Owen McGrattan: Speaking of Judge, he has been a consistently good player since his breakout 2017 season. However, one development so far this season has the potential to make him even better. So far this season, Judge has been laying off more pitches low, even those in the strike zone, as they’re the type of pitches he’s least likely to do damage on. If he continues that, it could change the way pitchers have to approach him, and could positively impact his performance at the plate.

FanGraphs | Ben Clemens: The Yankees and Giants made a noteworthy trade on Tuesday as Mike Tauchman was sent to San Francisco in exchange for Wandy Peralta and a player to be named later. While neither Tauchman or Peralta will likely become a star for their new teams, they both have some amount of potential for improvement.

New York Daily News | Kristie Ackert: Jonathan Loaisiga’s stuff has really never been in question since coming up to the majors in 2018. However, his results haven’t always matched his stuff. So far in 2021, with a sub-2.00 ERA and coming off his first career save, he may have found how to harness his talents and become a valuable pitcher for the Yankees.

Yankees PR: Lastly, a minor bit of roster housekeeping, as the Yankees announced that Michael King will — once again — return to the alternate site after a one-game stint. Due to Boone’s earlier comments on Wednesday, The Athletic’s Lindsey Adler suspects that the aforementioned Peralta will come up to make his Yankees debut in the bullpen.