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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 5/17/21

A ninth COVID-19 positive; injury updates for Stanton, Severino, and others; why the Yankees promoted LaMarre, not Florial

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ESPN | ESPN News Services: Another member of the New York Yankees organization, this time a staff member, has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, bringing the total number in the team’s recent outbreak up to nine. Although the team did not identify the name of the individual who tested positive, manager Aaron Boone noted that he was a member of the team’s support staff. The staff member in question will be quarantining in Baltimore, while another staff member will join the Yankees traveling party as the team heads to Texas this week to take on the Rangers.

As always, we wish all members of the Yankees organization who have been affected by the virus a safe and speedy recovery.

Yahoo! Sports | Ryan Morik: Before yesterday’s game, Boone provided some injury updates on the Yankees’ injured players. Designated hitter and (alleged) outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, who missed the Baltimore series with left quad tightness, received treatment yesterday before the game, and could return against Texas, plus Rougned Odor may be able to return to action against his old team. Luis Severino, meanwhile, will throw a bullpen session this week, while Aaron Hicks is heading back to New York for more treatment and testing on his wrist. | Randy Miller: When the Yankees announced after Saturday’s game that Aaron Hicks was headed to the 10-day injured list, many wondered whether or not the Yankees would promote outfield prospect Estevan Florial from Triple-A Scranton. It turned out, however, that was not an option at all, as he needs to be at Scranton for 72 hours, making Tuesday the first day that he would be eligible for a promotion. Instead, they turned to Ryan LaMarre, adding him to the 40-man roster, and judging by Boone’s comments, it seems that the team would prefer to let Florial play full-time in Scranton and not rush him to the Bronx.