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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 7/17/21

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Everyone to the IL; COVID complicates deadline; Gardner still playing; second half predictions

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There was a bunch of injury news yesterday. Six Yankees were moved to the COVID IL for 10 days, including Aaron Judge and Kyle Higashioka. Luke Voit was also sent back to the IL with a bone bruise in his knee, a season-long issue for the first baseman. Erica Block broke down all the moves, and corresponding callups here if you missed anything.

New York Post | Joel Sherman: With all those injuries, and particularly those 10-day COVID IL stints, the Yankees’ plans for the deadline have become complicated. Debating the merits of acquiring an impact bat like Joey Gallo or shoring up the bullpen suddenly becomes less important when you have to play two series against the Red Sox without Aaron Judge.

ESPN: David Schoenfield: Second half predictions are always fun, except when they’re made with the Yankees eight games back in the division race. ESPN pegs the Yankees as the team with the most pressure facing them in the second half, with a huge deficit to make up and pressed against the $210 million CBT threshold hampering any possible moves.

New York Daily News | Matthew Roberson: Despite all the injury and illness, Brett Gardner is as healthy as ever. The Yankees’ 22 year old unkillable barn cat has appeared in 76 games for the squad this year, and his wRC+ is lower than his games played. Gardner’s been as loyal a soldier as you will find in baseball, but he cannot be a full time starter for a team that aspires to a playoff position.