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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 5/26/21

Corey Kluber exits start early with shoulder tightness; DJ LeMahieu to paternity list, Luke Voit on deck; Zack Britton is one step closer to his return to the Yankees; former Yankee Chris Young joins MLB Network

Washington Nationals v New York Yankees Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images | Bryan Hoch: In his first start since his no-hitter, Corey Kluber was only able to go three innings, but not because of a poor outing. Kluber left the game due to tightness in his right shoulder. He will will undergo an MRI on Wednesday. For what it’s worth, Kluber told reporters after the game that the pain didn’t feel like his shoulder tear from last year, so hopefully he’s right that it’s not serious. | Bryan Hoch: DJ LeMahieu was placed on the paternity list last night, as his wife, Jordan, was due to give birth to their first child. Amid the excitement among teammates at Yankee Stadium, Luke Voit told reporters that he’d probably be heading to the paternity list soon as well, as his wife, Tori, is due this weekend, when the Yankees are set to play in Detroit. Hooray for Baby Bombers! | Randy Miller: Zack Britton is one step closer to his return to the Yankees. The southpaw threw a bullpen on Monday and everything went to plan. He should make a rehab appearance for Somerset on Saturday, and the Yankees have set up a tentative schedule that could have him off the injured list by early-to-mid June.

MLB Trade Rumors | Steve Adams: Former Yankees outfielder Chris Young is joining MLB Network as an on-air analyst. “I’m excited for the opportunity to join the squad to talk baseball, mix in a little trash talk, have some fun and get my feet wet in the industry,” Young said in a statement. “Being fresh out of the game, I’ve followed it closely and am ready for this new challenge. I played for seven different teams in my career and I can’t wait to get started with my eighth.” Young played for the Yankees from 2014-2015 and hit .257 with 17 homers.