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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 8/20/21

MRI shows no structural damage to Sevy’s shoulder; Clay Holmes clears COVID protocols; Promising rehab outings for Clarke Schmidt and Corey Kluber; Former Yankees caught up in sticky stuff

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New York Post | Greg Joyce: The Yankees have received positive news after awaiting a second opinion on Luis Severino’s shoulder. According to manager Aaron Boone, Sevy’s MRI on Monday revealed no structural damage, though it is still unclear why Sevy continues to feel tightness and discomfort on that part of his body. Whatever he was feeling was significant enough to prevent Severino from making his scheduled rehab start last week. This latest setback makes it harder to estimate his rehab timeline, as well as when he will be able to return to the mound and pitch again.

CBS Sports | Rotowire Staff: Relief pitcher Clay Holmes has cleared all health and safety protocols, and will be able to rejoin the team after testing positive for COVID-19 and quarantining last week. Holmes can resume working out and is slated to throw a bullpen session today, but it’s likely he won’t be activated off the COVID-IL list until the weekend. His return is a welcome development and will ease the workload that is currently being shouldered by the Yankees bullpen.

New York Post | Dan Martin: Both Clarke Schmidt and Corey Kluber looked solid during their respective rehab starts with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this week. Schmidt, who hurt his elbow in spring training, threw 62 pitches, allowing one run in 3.1 innings. Kluber made his Triple-A start the night before Schmidt did and gave up three runs across three innings. Boone described Kluber’s outing as “encouraging” and said the veteran pitcher is ready to increase his workload in preparation for his next rehab start.

NJ Advance Media | Mike Rosenstein: Sticky stuff inspections led to the ejections of two former Yankees pitchers this week. Diamondbacks reliever Caleb Smith, who made his MLB debut with the Yanks in 2017, had his glove confiscated after pitching the eighth inning of the D-backs’ game against the Phillies on Wednesday. Smith faces a possible 10-day suspension due to MLB’s ban on illegal substances that pitchers were using to get a better grip on the ball. Lance Lynn, who spent the second half of the 2018 season with the Yankees, was thrown out of the game in middle of the fourth inning when he objected to an umpire’s request for a foreign substance check after Lynn had already returned to the dugout. The ejection occurred because he threw his belt to express his discontent with the ump.