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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 5/7/21

Gio Urshela suffers knee injury yesterday; Major lineup decision made “just for the heck of it;” Yankees prepping Miguel Andújar to play left field

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Yahoo! Sports | Scott Thompson: In the eighth inning of yesterday’s game against the Houston Astros, Yankees third baseman Gio Urshela was removed with a knee injury after making a diving stop. Although Aaron Boone described his knees as “stable” after going through a few tests with the team trainers, he was nonetheless sent for an MRI last night. Losing Urshela, a top defensive third baseman and the team’s most common cleanup hitter in recent weeks, for any significant stretch of time would be a major blow, so hopefully the tests come back well.

WFAN Radio | Ryan Chichester: The Yankees manager is typically very calculated when making his lineup cards, but arguably the most significant change simply happened “just for the heck of it.” Well, it seems to have worked, because Giancarlo Stanton has simply been raking the last two weeks: he is on a 12-game hitting streak (the longest active streak in the majors), during which time he has a batting average over .500. And while Boone does not believe that moving Stanton into the two-spot has any effect on his hot streak, there’s no reason for the team to change what they’re doing with Stanton at the moment. | Brendan Kuty: The clock may be ticking on Clint Frazier — or it least up until yesterday, that is. In his first two games at Triple-A Scranton, Miguel Andújar started in left field, a position that happens to be manned in the Bronx by the struggling Frazier and Brett Gardner (Andújar played first last night). Of course, that may have changed yesterday with Urshela’s injury, as Andújar represents the obvious choice in Scranton to fill the void if the starting third baseman needs to be out for a significant stretch.