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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 5/10/21

Voit continues hot hitting as return appears imminent; Trevor Hauver is lighting up the minor leagues; Gleyber gets a weight off his shoulders with homer; Zack Britton and Clarke Schmidt injury updates.

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NY Post | Greg Joyce: Luke Voit is nearing a return to the Yankees, likely on Tuesday when the team begins a roadtrip in Tampa. If that’s the case, he’ll be joining the team swinging a red-hot bat forged in the minors. Voit has been on a tear in his rehab stint with Scranton, smashing three home runs in just 18 at-bats. If the Yankees can plug Voit into a lineup that seems to be shaking off their early season struggles, we may finally see some consistent fireworks. | David Adler: Voit’s damage down on the farm has been a joy to watch, but he’s hardly the only player swinging the lumber well for the Yankees’ affiliates. Trevor Hauver has put the minors on notice, swatting six home runs in his first five games played for the Tampa Tarpons, the Yankees’ Low-A affiliate. Hauver fell to New York in the third round of last year’s MLB Draft, and after a year-long delay his professional career is off to a fantastic start.

NY Post | Greg Joyce: Gleyber Torres has been one of the Yankees’ key bats to watch during this recent stretch of games. The lineup has been heating up, and Torres sits in the middle of the pack — stuck somewhere between a slow and a strong start. One of the key things missing from Torres’ performance so far had been a home run, but he finally rid himself of that concern by crushing a ball in Sunday’s game against the Nationals. With that out of the way, perhaps Torres can correct course and join the rest of the bats that are heating up for New York. | Brendan Kuty: There are a few Yankees still on the mend beyond Voit, and Aaron Boone provided some updates for a pair of pitchers. Zack Britton has begun to throw bullpens and is using his offspeed pitches again following surgery on his elbow. There’s still no timetable for a rehab outing and subsequent return, but Britton is expected to get some batting practice tosses in to help ramp up. Meanwhile, Clarke Schmidt is working on long tossing after suffering a right flexor strain and getting a cortisone shot.