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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 5/30/21

Wilson heads to the IL after hamstring strain and blown save; Gerrit Cole’s superstar season can’t be wasted; David Robertson gears up for Olympics push; Deivi García and Albert Abreu demoted.

Toronto Blue Jays v New York Yankees Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images | Brendan Kuty: Justin Wilson has not had a smooth go of things in his second Yankees stint, and his latest outing provided more of the same. Wilson coughed up the lead that the Yankees got in the 10th inning of their first game against the Tigers this series, surrendering a walk-off, two-run home run to Robbie Grossman. He was then put on the IL the next day with a hamstring strain — after no word of any injury problem following the game. It’s possible that this was just something the team discovered later on, but the way Boone describes the situation, it feels more like a temporary demotion for a struggling reliever.

NY Daily News | Kristie Ackert: When the Yankees acquired Gerrit Cole, they thought they were an ace away from a World Series run. Well, Cole has been in the upper echelon of ace territory, but the team around him has turned Cole into the AL’s version of Jacob deGrom in more ways than one. The offense has mysteriously just disappeared, and it needs to return fast. Cole’s extraordinary season, alongside strong performances from Aaron Judge and Aroldis Chapman, will be going to waste if the Yankees don’t right the ship that they’re on.

NY Post | Ken Davidoff: Former Yankee David Robertson is gearing up for his next appearance, but it isn’t in a Major League uniform — at least, not yet. Robertson is in camp with Team USA as they look to qualify for the 2020-21 Olympics, and for D-Rob, the spot is an opportunity to compete for his country while also getting a stage to show off how healthy he is. The 36-year-old barely played with the Philadelphia Phillies — where he signed a two-year deal after his second stint in New York — thanks to Tommy John surgery, and is looking for a comeback attempt.

Finally, the team made some roster moves after Saturday’s loss to the Tigers. Deivi García and Albert Abreu were sent down to Scranton, with a subsequent call-up still waiting to be made. There was plenty of speculation that this would be a big opportunity for García to stick around with the club thanks to Corey Kluber’s injury, but for now García will head back to the Triple-A level and wait for his next start to come.