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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 8/24/21

Zack Britton headed back to IL; Luke Voit earns AL Player of the Week nod; Larry Rothschild fired by San Diego Padres; Nationals claim Mike Ford off waivers.

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NY Daily News | Kristie Ackert: What has been virtually a lost season for Zack Britton has just gotten worse. On Monday, the Yankees announced that they’ve placed the southpaw on the Injured List with a sprained left elbow. The move did come with reinforcements, though. Right-hander Clay Holmes was reinstated from the COVID-19 IL and the Yankees also recalled outfielder Jonathan Davis. | Thomas Harrigan: Luke Voit said that he believed he deserved consistent playing time, and he put his money where his mouth is. The slugging first baseman’s play has erupted since returning from his latest stint on the IL, and his recent stretch was good enough to nab Player of the Week honors. Voit hit .476 with a pair of homers, three doubles, and 11 RBI in six games from August 15th to the 21st, good for an eye-popping 1.427 OPS. A majority of those games came as a DH, where Voit expects to get significant playing time now, but he’ll continue to spell Anthony Rizzo on occasion.

NY Post | Jenna Lemoncelli: Former Yankees (and now Padres) pitching coach Larry Rothschild was fired by San Diego on Monday. “Larry has been a tremendous asset for our organization over the last two seasons, and we appreciate the experience, hard work, and dedication that he brought to the position,” manager Jayce Tingler said. “We wish him nothing but the best in the future.” The Padres pitching has been underperforming recently as they own a 4.82 ERA since the trade deadline and have been knocked out of a playoff spot, though they’ve also been hit with a slew of injuries.

MLB Trade Rumors | Steve Adams: Speaking of former Yankees, Mike Ford, who was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays in June, has been claimed off waivers by the Washington Nationals. Being that Ford never appeared in a game for the Rays, it’s safe to say the Yankees “won” that trade. The Yanks received speedy outfield prospect Aldenis Sanchez in return from Tampa in the deal for Ford. The first baseman will now take his talents to the NL East where he’ll get the chance to play for a rebuilding Nationals team.