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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 8/11/19

Judge’s struggles of late; Betances is due for a bullpen session soon; Gardner upset ejection cost Judge a rest day; Updated timeline for all injured Yankees

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NY Post | George A. King III: Aaron Judge has been back in the lineup for over a month, but he’s hit a rough stretch recently. Judge has hit just one home run since the end of July, and is navigating through a long stretch of games played recently. The Yankees aren’t concerned that he’s working through injury at the moment, but believe he’s “a tick away” from dialing back in according to Aaron Boone.

NY Post | George A. King III: Dellin Betances has started throwing, and is about to take the next step in his rehab. Betances threw from 150 feet at Rogers Centre on Friday, and will throw again from flat ground before attempting a bullpen session on Monday. Betances is aiming to join a Yankees’ bullpen that has been relied on heavily before the stretch run concludes, and take some of the load off of the top arms. | Randy Miller: Back top Judge’s slump, his recent off-day got interrupted early. Brett Gardner was unceremoniously ejected from Friday’s game by home plate umpire Chris Segal despite not saying a word to him, forcing Judge to enter the game in his spot, and Gardner was still upset about it. The words that Segal heard were actually said by Cameron Maybin, which would’ve resulted in being an outfielder down either way. If you can’t even tell which player said the thing that upset you, though, it probably isn’t prudent to be ejecting players. | Bryan Hoch: Betances is working his way back hopefully soon, but if you were curious what the timelines were for any of the other players on the injured list, Bryan Hoch has you covered. With updates from this month on every player currently on the IL (except for Jacoby Ellsbury, who probably couldn’t be located to even get an update on), the clock for these crucial players to return is ticking down fast.