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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 8/14/21

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Heaney could be get bumped from rotation after starters’ return; Yankees minor leaguer having breakout year on mound; Cole and Montgomery to return to the team early next week

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NY Post | Dan Martin: Starting pitcher Andrew Heaney has not made such a good impression since being trade to the Yankees at the Trade Deadline. The lefty has given up eight home runs in 15 innings as a Yankee, to go along with a 9.00 ERA. With the rest of the rotation set to return from injury/COVID, there might not be a spot left for Heaney.

NJ.com | Mike Rosenstein: Speaking of left handed pitchers on the Yankees, Ken Waldichuk has turned some heads in Double-A with the Somerset Patriots. The 23-year-old is 4-2 with a 3.71 ERA in 10 games for the Patriots. He started the year with High-A Hudson Valley, where he made seven appearances without giving up a run, and was promptly promoted to Double-A. Baseball America ranks him as the No. 15 overall prospect in the system.

NY Daily News | Kristie Ackert: The Yanks have had to get creative with their starting pitching options as a large chunk of the rotation has been out for a few weeks now. The good news, however, is that New York expects both Gerrit Cole and Jordan Montgomery to return to the team early next week. Cole and Montgomery were able to work out and throw together the past few days, having both been out since August 3rd.