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Around the Empire: Yankees News - 4/29/19

Watching replacement Yankees win has been fun; Updates on Lemahieu and Urshela; Andujar looking good to go; Gary on historic HR pace.

MLB: New York Yankees at Los Angeles Angels Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

New York Daily News | Kristie Ackert: These aren’t the 2019 Yankees that many of us dreamed of seeing, but they are getting the job done. In this piece, Ackert asks Aaron Boone about his feelings on managing the club in the current state, and he characterizes it as being fun and rewarding. It’s not hard to imagine why he would say that; random contributors like Gio Urshela and Thairo Estrada seemingly pop up out of nowhere every day for the Yankees lately. Let’s hope this current gang of “replacements” keeps the good mojo going until the big guns get back. I can’t hardly wait. | Brian Hoch: Speaking of Urshela, the hot-hitting third baseman had an injury scare, as he was hit on the left hand by a Nick Vincent cut-fastball in Sunday’s game against the Giants. Luckily, X-rays came back negative. Same for DJ LeMahieu, who sat out yesterday due to knee inflammation. The last thing the Yankees need is more injuries, and especially not to recent key contributors like Urshela and LeMahieu. Fortunately, it looks like the 2019 Yankees have caught a break for just this once.

New York Post | George A. King III: Yankees trainer Steve Donahue reportedly had this to say to Boone during Miguel Andujar’s rehab game: “Andujar, three hits, no issues”. For a ragtag Yankees lineup that’s doing fine now but probably playing over their heads a little bit, the impending return of Andujar is a welcome sight to say the least. Let’s hope that Andujar is able to hurry back and hit the ground running like Gary Sanchez has.

Gary Sanchez stat of the day

15 games, eight homers. That should be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about Gary Sanchez and what he provides to the team. Yes, his blocking skills are shaky at best. But if you’re so focused on that you’re missing out on his offensive production and cannon arm, I feel sorry for you. Gary is our catcher, and he is the one of the best in baseball.