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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 5/2/21

Darren O’Day to injured list; Zack Britton and Luis Severino on the mend; Aaron Judge is on board with the Yankees’ plan

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MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: One of the Yankees’ most important offseason additions is headed to the injured list. Submarine hurler Darren O’Day has been placed on the 10-day IL with a right rotator cuff strain. The team recalled Michael King to take his place. Aaron Boone said that O’Day had been dealing with shoulder soreness since April, but had been pitching through it. He also dealt with a similar issue in 2016 with the Orioles. The Yankees’ bullpen has been good this year, but they’ll have to play “next-man-up” from here on.

WFAN | Ryan Chichester: But, reinforcements are on the way! Zack Britton and Luis Severino are on schedule for summer returns – each has been maintaining their throwing program. Britton threw for the first time, while Severino will face live hitters in a week or two. Luke Voit is also going along on-schedule; as previously noted, he will play at Double-A Somerset next week.

New York Post | Ken Davidoff: The “new” Aaron Judge is less rambunctious in the outfield, more receptive to days off, and supposedly, less injury-prone. Although there was panic after Judge took two days off this week, Judge and Boone maintained that it was all a part of their plan and nothing to worry about. Since Judge has come back, he’s driven in eight runs in two games vs. Detroit, including two home runs. Clearly, the rest plan is working, and both the player and manager indicated that if there are more surprise days off along the way, it’s not necessarily worth fretting over.

ESPN: Yesterday might have been Jameson Taillon’s first win in exactly two years, and he’s happy about the “step in the right direction,” as he’s calling it. Both Aaron Boone and Aaron Judge saw a lot to like from Taillon’s first W in pinstripes. and the more he flashes this kind of potential, the better the Yankees will feel about him locking down a long-term rotation spot.