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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 5/28/21

Yankees need to pick up Kluber’s slack; Hicks officially lost for the year; Stanton’s status still uncertain

MLB: Toronto Blue Jays at New York Yankees Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports | Bob Klapisch: The first big blow to the Yankee rotation landed on Corey Kluber’s right shoulder, as the team’s de facto number two will be out at least eight weeks with a shoulder injury. That’s a boatload of innings, and very effective ones, the Yankees will have to find some way to replace, and in a season where the CBT threshold looms large in the club’s strategy.

New York Post | Greg Joyce: Continuing the trend of injury news, we got the update we all kind of expected. Yankee center fielder Aaron Hicks will miss the rest of the season recovering from a torn wrist sheath. The team will likely turn to Brett Gardner as the starting center fielder for now, given the below news about Estevan Florial.

New York Daily News | Kristie Ackert: The big return we’ve been waiting for all week seems like it’s finally about to happen, with the Yankees indicating that Giancarlo Stanton will be activated at some point in the upcoming weekend series in Detroit. Although his status for Friday’s opener is not yet known, getting Stanton back will hopefully boost an offense that’s struggled with consistency all year.

Finally, the Yankees optioned Estevan Florial back to Triple-A. This move probably signals that Stanton will be back on Friday, but makes the relative importance of Gardner in center all the greater.