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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 8/23/21

Luis Severino to fly to California for another shoulder exam; Anthony Volpe focused on winning High-A title as prospect status skyrockets; Brett Gardner should be back quickly after being hit by pitch.

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New York Daily News | Kristie Ackert: Luis Severino will reportedly fly across the country to California this week to get an in-person examination from Dr. Neal ElAttrache. Severino has been struggling to get back to the Yankees, straining his groin during a rehab assignment in June, then scratching himself from another rehab start with general tightness last week. There’s still hope that Severino can find a way to the majors this year, but that likely depends on this week’s exam coming back completely clean.

New York Post | Greg Joyce: Here’s a profile of Anthony Volpe, whose prospect stock has shot skyhigh in the matter of a few months. Volpe has an OPS over 1.000 to go along with 20 homers and 28 steals in the minors this year, making himself perhaps the Yankees’ top prospect, but the young shortstop is focused right now on helping High-A Hudson Valley win a championship. That mentality seems reasonable enough from a player that grew up idolizing Derek Jeter, and spent the lost 2020 season working voraciously to improve. | Brendan Kuty: Brett Gardner suffered a hit-by-pitch Friday night, and was held out of Saturday’s game as a precaution. The Yankees called up Estevan Florial for some depth in the outfield for that contest, though he’s already been returned. Manager Aaron Boone said the Gardner had felt sore, but expressed confidence that the veteran wouldn’t need an IL trip and should be back soon.

Sports Illustrated | Gary Phillips: Tyler Wade has put together the best run of play of his career the past few weeks, hitting nearly .500 since August 3rd. Wade credits his streak in part to consistent playing time. After seeing the field only sporadically over the first few months of the year, Wade has received consistent looks with Gio Urshela and Gleyber Torres on the shelf. He’s proven a dynamic piece of the lineup, if only for a midsummer stretch.