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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 8/31/21

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Zack Britton done for the year; Yankees welcome pitcher from the Reds; Gleyber shines in first game back in the minors; Jeter used to deal with boos with ease.

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MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: Zack Britton received further evaluation on his injured left elbow yesterday in Los Angeles. As expected, the news wasn’t good: Britton likely will need surgery to remove bone chips from the elbow. This would be his second elbow operation in the span of a few months, and would end his season. Britton struggled mightily even when on the field in 2021, and it looks like he won’t get a chance to bounce back until next year.

New York Yankees via Twitter: Prior to the trade deadline, on July 27, the Yankees traded relievers Luis Cessa and Justin Wilson to the Cincinnati Reds for a player to be named later in what was viewed as a salary dump by New York. Yesterday, the team announced the identity of their return: right-handed pitcher Jason Parker. A starter in Class-A, Parker has 91 strikeouts in 80 innings this season, with a 4.05 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.

WFAN │ Rob DiPietro: Gleyber Torres started his rehab assignment on Sunday with the Somerset Patriots as he works his way back from a thumb injury. That much you knew. What you probably didn’t know is that he was very impressive in his first game back after a long layoff, as he homered, walked twice, and made a very good defensive play. The dinger was an absolute no-doubter, hopefully a sign of things to come. He will play a few more games down in the minors before returning to the Yankees on Friday. Manager Aaron Boone still doesn’t know what will happen with Andrew Velazquez, Tyler Wade, and others who have played the infield in Torres’ absence. “We’ll see,” he said. “I don’t want to jump ahead of myself. Five days can be a lifetime.”

NJ Advance Media │ Brendan Kuty: The New York Mets made the news over the weekend after Javier Baez, Francisco Lindor, and Kevin Pillar made a thumbs down sign after making good plays, something that Baez explained after Sunday’s game: “When we don’t get success, we’re going to get booed. So they’re going to get booed when we have success.” Kuty reminisced about the way Derek Jeter dealt with a similar issue in 2004, back in the middle of his playing days with the Yankees. He was struggling badly and fans booed him, and when questioned in the media back then, replied: “I don’t blame them. We would have booed ourselves tonight, too. It’s hard to imagine being worse than we were tonight. Put me at the front of that list.”