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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 7/5/21

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Gerrit Cole, Aroldis Chapman named All-Stars; Yanks react to loss in doubleheader opener; Corey Kluber provides injury update; Derek Dietrich, Robinson Chirinos and Nick Goody all depart organization

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MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: Two more Yankees will be joining Aaron Judge at the 2021 MLB All-Star Game in Denver, as pitchers Gerrit Cole and Aroldis Chapman were named to the club. The fact that the players’ ballots for some of these reserve spots were already tabulated probably helped them out, as neither has looked sharp of late (especially yesterday), but their superb numbers through mid-June put them on the team.

New York Times | David Waldstein: The Yankees lost the opener of Sunday’s doubleheader in what was one of the worst losses of the year. How many times have you heard that one recently? The Yankees were booed off the field and when asked about being booed, Cole spoke very bluntly to the media after the game. “You sign up for it when you come here,” he said. “It’s not a good feeling and you try to pitch well enough so that doesn’t happen.”

Sports Illustrated | Max Goodman: Corey Kluber was transferred to the 60-day injured list on June 26th, and Brian Cashman said he won’t return to the team until August or September. However, Kluber provided an update saying that he’s throwing out to 90 feet. “Trying to build up the progression of the throwing just like anybody would coming back from an arm injury,” Kluber said. “You gotta go through the throwing program process. When that’s sufficient, you get off the mound.”

MLB Trade Rumors | Anthony Franco: The Yankees have released a few names from their minor league system. Veteran catcher Robinson Chirinos and pitcher Nick Goody are now free agents, and Derek Dietrich was also exercised his opt-out clause and is a free agent as well. All three will look for opportunities elsewhere.

Finally, the Yankees activated Wandy Peralta from the injured list prior to yesterday’s doubleheader as the “27th man,” but of mild intrigue was that the corresponding move to keep Peralta on the team afterward was demoting Tyler Wade:

Maybe a Hoy Jun Park roster addition is ahead, but this could also just be roster move chicanery since the Yankees seem to care less about playing with a three-man bench in AL parks and only have six games to play in the minimum ten days of Wade’s option period. Regardless, make of it what you will.