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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 5/15/21

Giancarlo Stanton misses game with quad tightness; Aaron Hicks could undergo surgery on wrist; Yankees COVID-19 outbreak not a surprising as it may seem; Gleyber Torres could be back quickly.

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Yahoo Sports | Hannah Keyser: As shocking as the Yankees’ COVID-19 outbreak this week surely was to many, some experts say that the situation shouldn’t be too much of surprise. Keyser talked a handful of scientists that explained that when you have a large group of people that interact so closely, particularly one that received the less effective of the publicly available vaccines, it’s certainly possible that when introduced to the virus, a few members of the group would get infected. They all stressed the fact that the vaccines were doing an important job by keep the infections the Yankees have sustained to minimal symptoms.

CBS Sports | Mike Axisa: In case you missed it, Aaron Hicks could be out for some time with a wrist injury. The Yankees didn’t initially announce a clear path for Hicks, as he could return after a couple more days of rest, hit the IL for a short period, or undergo surgery. “I think it could go either way”, is what Aaron Boone said. Regardless, this is a concerning development, especially as Hicks had shown signs of breaking out of his opening slump. In a possibly related move, the team promoted Estevan Florial to Triple-A; perhaps the club wants to get a feel for whether Florial is ready for a role as a major-league outfielder. | Randy Miller: Giancarlo Stanton was scratched from last night’s game in Baltimore due to left quad tightness. This isn’t Stanton’s first quadriceps problem, though it was his right quad that gave him issues during the 2019 ALCS. The Yankees have to hope this is a very minor thing for Stanton. Miller does note, however, that the Yankees could get Gleyber Torres back much sooner than later, which could be crucial if Stanton’s absence extends more than a couple days.