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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 9/27/21

Judge dislocates pinky in go-ahead at-bat; LeMahieu back in lineup, vague on injury; Taillon lined up for Tuesday return; Yanks’ resilience a boon for postseason odds

New York Yankees v Boston Red Sox Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images

NY Post | Greg Joyce: Aaron Judge got more than his fair share of chances to deliver a big hit in the eighth inning of Sunday night’s game against the Red Sox, and he wound up coming through. There was a bit of a scare in the aftermath of Judge’s two-run double though — he jammed his pinky on the bag sliding into second and dislocated the finger. The training staff had to rush out and help Judge get the bone back in, but he stayed in the game. Hopefully, there won’t be any lasting effects from the brief incident, but even if there are, Judge claims that he doesn’t “really need it to hit,” so ... cool?

ESPN | Marly Rivera: After getting a day off on Saturday with what was described as a hip/groin issue, DJ LeMahieu was back in the lineup on Sunday. He had a strong performance, too — he made several dazzling plays at third base, and had an RBI single to boot. (The only blemish was his dropped popup, which fortunately didn’t end up mattering.) LeMahieu didn’t have much to say about the injury during pre-game interviews, only noting that the team doctors were reviewing his MRI at the moment and that the MRI “showed like nothing there.” LeMahieu clearly isn’t concerned about it, and said that he’d prefer to look at it once the season was over. | Randy Miller: Jameson Taillon has been sidelined this month with a partially torn tendon in his ankle, but he’s finally ready to return at the most critical point of the Yankees’ season. The Yankees plan to activate Taillon for Tuesday’s matchup against the Blue Jays, giving them room to bump back Corey Kluber while keeping Gerrit Cole lined up to be ready for the season finale or the Wild Card Game, depending on circumstances. Jonathan Loáisiga is nearing a return as well, and a decision on his status could be made as early as today.

SNY | Anthony McCarron: The Yankees showed some fight in their victory Sunday, rebounding well from a disastrous fumbling of their lead just an inning prior. It’s a testament to their ability to persevere when they’re on one of their hot streaks — something that goes right out the window when they’re on their subsequent cold streaks — and it’s something that can give them an advantage in the postseason. No team grinds out nail-biting wins like these Yankees, and at the end of the day the win is what matters most of all.