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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 5/8/16

CC Sabathia is optimistic that he won't be on the DL for long; Luis Severino looks to step up his performance; Aroldis Chapman could net a big haul at the deadline; Vin Scully declines Yankees' invite to be in the Bronx in September

Chase Headley making the face that we all make lately when he's at the plate or throwing to 1st base.
Chase Headley making the face that we all make lately when he's at the plate or throwing to 1st base.
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Around the Empire

ESPN | Wallace Matthews: Yankees starter CC Sabathia was placed on the 15-day DL on Friday. The thought is that he'll be out for three weeks. Sabathia is optimistic that he'll only need the 15 days to be ready to pitch again. Here's hoping he is right. It wouldn't hurt to throw a little extra praise towards his magic knee brace though. Praise be.

New York Post | Steve Serby: CC Sabathia also opens up and talks about his mother, his family, his teammates, and his battle with alcohol addiction. It's good to know that Sabathia has a very good support system around him. We're all rooting for him, both on and off the field.

Newsday | Steve Marcus: Luis Severino will take the mound tonight. They are saying that they have no plans to send him down yet and that they want him to figure things out on the major league level. Larry Rothschild is keeping a close eye on how Severino is handling everything.

New York Daily News | John Harper: Aroldis Chapman will be making his Yankees' debut on Monday. Regardless of how the Yankees are doing come the trade deadline, it is still possible that Brian Cashman might look to trade the hard throwing lefty to a contender for some prospects. With Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller continuing their excellence from last year, eyes will most certainly be on Chapman this trade season.

New York Daily News | Christian Red: The Los Angeles Dodgers are coming to the Bronx in September and the Yankees invited long time broadcaster Vin Scully to the stadium for the series. Scully, who is retiring from the broadcasting booth after this year, politely declined the Yankees offer as he "doesn't want anybody to fuss over him." The man who has pretty much seen it all is as humble as always.

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