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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 9/15/21

The Yankees DFA Brooks Kriske and re-sign righty reliever Sal Romano; cause of Aaron Judge’s dizziness remains unknown; forecasting Gleyber’s future with the team; examining Urshela and Green’s recent struggles

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ESPN | Associated Press: The news that Aaron Judge was removed from Sunday’s game due to dizziness has worried Yankees fans, who hope the outfielder isn’t dealing with a serious issue. Judge has reported that he currently feels fine and his vertigo eventually resolved later on Sunday night. The cause of his dizziness remains unknown, but it was not because of dehydration.

FanGraphs | Dan Szymborski: The Yankees have patiently worked with Gleyber Torres in an effort to improve his footwork and defense at shortstop, but the disappearance of his power at the plate forced the organization’s recent decision to move Torres over to second base with less than 20 games left in the season. Considering the Yankees aren’t inclined to make high-risk moves, the decision to play third baseman Gio Urshela at short as the team tries to hang on to a Wild Card spot is telling. That said, Torres is just 24 and has already proved he is capable of success in the majors. Whether or not the Yankees look to trade Gleyber in the offseason, the team will likely prioritize fixing his hitting over ironing out his defensive issues at shortstop.

CBS Sports | Mike Axisa: The Yankees have relied upon the consistency and excellence of third baseman Gio Urshela and reliever Chad Green for several years now, so it’s worrisome that these two players are currently struggling. Uncharacteristically, Urshela has made several errors at third, and Green cannot stop giving up home runs. Urshela has underperformed at the plate as well. His strikeout rate has abruptly increased since he returned from a hamstring injury in August and entering Monday’s game, he was just 5 for 43 (.116). Although Green is a trusted reliever who typically pitches in high-leverage situations—and thus is prone to give up home runs in big moments—his overuse this season might be catching up with him.

MLB Trade Rumors | Anthony Franco: The Yankees announced on Tuesday that the team has re-signed righty reliever Sal Romano to a major league contract and designated right-hander Brooks Kriske for assignment to make space on the 40-man roster. Romano decided to elect free agency over an outright assignment just yesterday, so his return to the Yankees’ MLB roster was pretty quick. Within the next few days, Brooks Kriske will be placed on waivers, where another team could potentially claim him.