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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 8/2/21

Domingo Germán hits the injured list; Anthony Rizzo plays hero again; DJ LeMahieu to return to the lineup on Monday; Cashman plans to meet with Voit to outline future usage

Red Sox vs Yankees Staff Photo By Nancy Lane/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald

NJ Advance Media | Randy Miller: After pitching on Saturday, the Yankees announced that right-hander Domingo Germán was placed on the 10-day injured list with right shoulder inflammation. The hurler had stated he “felt phenomenal out there” on the weekend against the Miami Marlins, so the news is certainly surprising. Lefty Néstor Cortés Jr. will stay in the rotation after all, as will newcomer Andrew Heaney. It’s still unclear how much time Germán will miss. | Bill Ladson: Trade acquisition Anthony Rizzo was, once again, the hero in a Yankees’ victory. After shining on Friday and Saturday, the first baseman tied the game in the eighth inning on Sunday with a timely base hit that scored Brett Gardner. It came against a left-hander, but Rizzo, who is hitting .348 this year against southpaws, found a way to do damage. “[Richard Bleier] gets a lot of left-handers to hit the ball on the ground,” he said. “I tried to stay disciplined and not try to do too much on that play.”

The Yankees will return home today to start a series with the Baltimore Orioles, and Rizzo can’t wait. “I’m just excited to go there and see that atmosphere and feel that energy,” Rizzo said. “It definitely helps coming off a sweep this weekend. The energy in [the clubhouse] has been very high.”

NY Post | Dan Martin: According to manager Aaron Boone, Yankees’ second baseman DJ LeMahieu will likely return to the lineup on Monday, after not seeing his name among the starters for three straight days while dealing with a strained triceps. He did make an appearance on Sunday afternoon as a pinch-hitter, and recorded a strikeout. Gio Urshela (left hamstring tightness) will likely sit today, although he should be ready in a couple of days.

NJ Advance Media | Randy Miller: Rizzo has been a major boost to the lineup already, but the guy he’s replacing is nearing a return to the big leagues himself, and he suddenly is out of a starting job. Because of this, Brian Cashman plans to meet with Luke Voit to outline how he can return to the club and still contribute, even though the lion’s share of the playing time will be going to Rizzo at first. The main path back to some at-bats for Voit rests on Giancarlo Stanton’s ability to play the outfield, which went alright in the pilot test in Miami this past weekend.