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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 7/19/21

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Darren O’Day’s season likely over; Chapman describes struggles as “toughest moment” of his career; Yanks opt for LaMarre over Florial as Locastro replacement; Fan who threw ball at Verdugo banned for life.

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NY Post | Greg Joyce: Darren O’Day has been one of the more unfortunate Yankees on the injury front, and it appears that his latest trip to the sideline will last the rest of the year. Aaron Boone provided an update on O’Day’s hamstring injury before Sunday’s game against the Red Sox, saying that “It’s likely his season is over, but we’ll have some more information on that when it’s ready to give out.” O’Day reportedly crumpled to the ground during a pregame workout on July 6th and hasn’t pitched since then.

MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: Aroldis Chapman is well-aware of the impact that his struggles have had on his team’s postseason chances lately. Chapman called this stretch the toughest in his career, due to the spot that the team is in and the fact that if he doesn’t do his job, the game is all but lost.

NJ.com | Randy Miller: The Yankees needed to call up an outfielder after Tim Locastro tore his ACL on Saturday, and the team chose to promote Ryan LaMarre over Estevan Florial. Both outfielders have had a cup of coffee with the club this year, though Florial’s stay was only for a day. Florial’s season has stalled at Triple-A Scranton after a hot start with Double-A Somerset, so he’s likely being given the time to develop while more veteran outfielders attempt to fill the Yankees’ depth concerns. (It worked out last night anyway.)

ESPN | AP: The fan that threw a baseball back onto the field at Red Sox outfielder Alex Verdugo on Saturday has been banned from attending any MLB game at all 30 stadiums. The incident sparked a heated moment where Verdugo was irate and yelling back into the crowd, prompting Sox manager Alex Cora to take his players off the field temporarily in order to cool things off. The lesson here? Don’t take attending games for granted — and definitely don’t throw things onto the field.

Finally, the rumor mill is beginning to turn as we get closer to the trade deadline. The Yankees appear interested in Miami’s Starling Marte, who could fill in as a serviceable rental outfielder — something the team could desperately need with their current depth chart.