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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 6/15/21

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The Yankees have seen this story before; Luke Voit to begin rehab assignment this week; Luis Severino met with team doctors to further evaluate his injury; MLB to suspend players 10 days for foreign substances

MLB: JUN 12 Yankees at Phillies

MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: It’s no secret that the Yankees have been extremely underwhelming this season. Aaron Boone has even acknowledged that he is “very concerned” by New York’s place in the AL East standings. The Yanks will begin play on Tuesday just a mere one game over .500 with a 33-32 record, which is their slowest start in five years. However, fear not. Here are five times the Yankees started off slow, but then ended up in the postseason.

MLB Trade Rumors | Anthony Franco: The Yankees will be getting a key offensive piece back in the lineup soon. Luke Voit, who has been out with an oblique strain, will continue his rehab assignment this week. The article notes that it is in Triple-A Scranton, but that was just for Sunday; this week, he will be with Double-A Somerset per their Twitter. Voit has played just 12 games thus far in 2021, but his bat will very much be welcomed into what has been a stale offensive for the Bombers this year.

CBS Sports | Rotowire Staff: Luis Severino met with Yankees team doctors on Monday to receive further evaluation for the right groin injury he picked up in his rehab start Saturday at High-A Hudson Valley. The righty was scheduled to undergo an MRI on Sunday, but the team likely won’t reveal the results of those tests until after Sevy is examined by the physicians. Hopefully the injury isn’t too concerning, as Severino has had a tough last few years staying on the field. Plus, the Yankees could really use him during a rough stretch to the start of a season like this.

ESPN | Jeff Passan: MLB will reportedly announce today that it intends to suspend players 10 days with pay if they are found by umpires to be using any sort of foreign substances. Teams have been made aware of the upcoming memo, giving players across the league a sliver of time to start weaning themselves off the use of pine tar, sunscreen and rosin, Spider Tack, and the like. The very nature of the pitcher-batter battle may be about to shift significantly midseason, that is, if the threat of the ten-day suspension provides enough deterrence.