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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 8/5/21

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Injury updates on Clint Frazier, Aaron Hicks; some young guns forced into action by injuries; Hicks expects to be ready for next spring; two Yankees help keep Team USA’s gold medal hopes alive

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CBS Sports | RotoWire Staff: Clint Frazier, who has been on the injured list since the beginning of July, took live batting practice yesterday at the team’s complex in Tampa, as he begins to rehab from a still-unclear vision or head problem. Since hitting the IL, the outfielder has seen both neurologists and eye doctors, but so far, they have been unable to diagnose what had originally been described as “vertigo” by the team last month.

North Jersey | Andrew Tredinnick: The Yankees are, undoubtedly, a better team when Gerrit Cole and Jordan Montgomery slot into the rotation than when they sit on the COVID-19 injured list. Every cloud has a silver lining, however, and this case, it might just be the numerous young arms that the Yankees were forced to promote from the minor leagues to fill out the beleaguered pitching staff. Luis Gil, Stephen Ridings, and Brody Koerner pitched extremely well in their Major League debuts Tuesday night, and they — along with Nestor Cortes Jr., who has been electric on the mound of late — may very well be the key for the Yankees to put together a real run at the playoffs this year.

NJ.com | Brendan Kuty: In more long-term injury news, centerfielder Aaron Hicks spoke to reporters last night for the first time since undergoing season-ending surgery to repair a torn tendon sheath in his left wrist, an injury that had apparently been bothering him on and off for a few seasons, but which worsened noticeably this past May. Noting that he expects to begin his offseason training “as normal,” Hicks believes that he should be ready to go full-throttle at the start of spring training next year.

NJ.com | Mike Rosenstein: In Olympic news, two old friends have been playing well for Team USA’s baseball squad in Tokyo. Former Yankees reliever David Robertson has been the team’s closer, locking down a 3-1 victory over the Dominican Republic that keeps Team USA in contention for a gold medal. Tyler Austin, meanwhile, has batted an electric .412, with one home run and five RBI.