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

Domingo Germán gets the ball in series finale; Luke Voit to return in May; Luis Severino already throwing sliders; Jonathan Loaisiga looks excellent in relief

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ESPN | Marly Rivera via Twitter Yankees’ right-hander Domingo Germán, suspended for the entire 2020 season for a domestic violence incident, will take the ball today in the series finale against the Toronto Blue Jays. He said to Rivera that he is grateful for the opportunity to pitch again. “It is my job from now on to prove that I am a better person and that I have learned from my mistakes. I have to do my best to show I deserve the second chance the Steinbrenner Family has given me,” he explained.

MLB Trade Rumors | TC Zencka For days, the expectation for Luke Voit was to return sometime next month, and manager Aaron Boone confirmed that is still the case. The first baseman, who had a partially torn meniscus in his right knee, underwent surgery on Monday in New York and had a three-week timetable before performing any baseball activities. He will need to ramp up and get some at-bats at that point, putting him on schedule to return before the calendar turns to June.

Yahoo Sports | Ryan Morik Prior to Saturday’s game, manager Aaron Boone updated Luis Severino’s recovery process. The manager clarified that the righty “continues to do well” and that he has incorporated his nasty breaking ball to his sessions. “I think he’s had a couple of bullpens now where he’s throwing fastball-slider, which is encouraging. He’s been bouncing back well from those. So everything’s going according to plan with Luis,” Boone said.

MLB via Twitter: Jonathan Loáisiga fired two scoreless, perfect innings on Saturday’s victory against the Toronto Blue Jays, racking up three strikeouts and looking impressive in the process. The league’s official Twitter page posted this clip of his fantastic 97-mph two-seamer with movement. The Yankees are expecting big things from the right-hander in 2021.