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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 6/14/21

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Aaron Judge sits with back spasms; Yankees remain positive as losses mount; Jameson Taillon a symbol of the Yankees’ struggles; Yankees promoting Luis Medina, Ken Waldichuk to Double-A

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MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: Aaron Judge didn’t start Sunday’s series finale in Philadelphia as he was dealing with back spasms. Boone said Judge was bothered Saturday but played through the ailment, and decided to sit out Sunday when he was still feeling sore. With a day off today, hopefully he’ll be back and good as new by tomorrow night.

NJ.com | Randy Miller: It’s long sounded like a broken record, but the Yankees’ players and staff continue to focus on the positives as the team struggles. Aaron Boone and DJ LeMahieu reiterated that they were happy with the at-bats the lineup was taking, and that better results, in the form of more wins, would come soon if the team just kept plugging away. That may be true, but at some point, the Yankees will have dug themselves a hole deep enough that just returning to form won’t be enough.

New York Post | Ken Davidoff: Davidoff argues that there’s no better representation of the Yankees’ disappointing season than Jameson Taillon. Big talent, promise, and underwhelming results. To add to the metaphor, Taillon does have better peripherals and underlying numbers than his results would indicate, much like the rest of the Yankees, but it’s cold comfort for a scuffling team.

CBS Sports: According to Josh Norris of Baseball America, the Yankees will soon make a series of minor-league maneuvers, promoting a handful of standout performers. Right-hander Luis Medina, ranked seventh on the MLB Pipeline’s top 30 prospects list, will be bumped up to Double-A, along with Hayden Wesneski and Ken Waldichuk. MLB ranks Wesneski 30th and Waldichuk 27th, but the latter has put together a jaw-dropping season thus far in High-A, striking out 55 in 30.2 shutout innings. Safe to say, his promotion was warranted.