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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 7/18/21

Tim Locastro tears ACL; Yankees give update on injured pitchers; Cubs’ selloff gives us further perspective on Yankees’ recent run; former Yanks look to win Olympic golds.

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MLB Trade Rumors | Mark Polishuk: The Yankees finally ended their losing streak against Boston on Saturday, but it came at a cost. Tim Locastro, who has been filling in as the starting left fielder with Clint Frazier experiencing vision issues, tore his ACL running into a wall in order to make a grab on an Alex Verdugo fly ball. Locastro stayed in for the remainder of the inning, but was removed from the game shortly afterwards. It’s another blow to the Yankees’ outfield depth, and a severe blow for Locastro, whose game is predicated on his speed. | Randy Miller: On Saturday, the Yankees gave us an injury update on pitchers Corey Kluber and Luis Severino. Kluber is expecting to be cleared to throw off a mound later this week with his return being targeted for September. Meanwhile, Severino is to face hitters on a bullpen today, and then sometime later this week before heading out on a rehab assignment. He already went out on a assignment earlier this year, recovering from Tommy John surgery, but hurt his groin in one of those outing, setting him timeline back.

New York Post | Joel Sherman: Earlier this week, the Cubs began to sell off some pieces, and appear to be headed towards a rebuild after their greatest era in modern memory. It also gives us more perspective on what the Yankees have done over the last couple decades. The Yankees have been World Series or playoff contenders or at least over .500 for nearly 30 years now, meanwhile the Cubs are on the verge of breaking up their team after seemingly having things set for years to come in 2016.

New York Daily News | Anthony McCarron: Baseball is returning to the Olympics this year, and a pair of former Yankees are using them as a sort of tryout/last hurrah. David Robertson and Todd Frazier are closer to the end of the career than the beginning, but are competing for Team USA along with Tyler Austin, while Masahiro Tanaka will play for Japan.