Around the Empire
MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: I’m going to need you to sit down before clicking this link. Are you seated? Good. This might come as a shock to the system, but the Yankees have determined that CC Sabathia will pitch the second game of the season after Tanaka. Okay, breathe. Breathe. Good. It has also been determined that Michael Pineda will pitch the third game of the system. Who will pitch after them has not been decided on yet. If you need a few minutes before clicking the next link after that shocking news, please feel free.
New York Post | Kevin Kernan: Gleyber Torres is good. We can all see it. He had such a good spring that once Didi Gregorius got injured, a lot of people thought he already looked poised to cover for Didi. Reggie Jackson thinks that Gleyber most likely won’t be in the minors for too long. Even though he didn’t get his chance now due to never playing above A-ball, it seems likely that he’ll be up sooner rather than later at the rate he’s progressing.
New York Daily News | Mike Mazzeo: The Yankees did a bit more spring cleaning yesterday. Highly touted outfield prospect Clint Frazier and only slightly touted pitching prospect Luis Cessa are heading to minor-league camp. They will both open the season in Triple-A Scranton. While that was always Frazier’s destination, Cessa was competing for a spot on the rotation. Obviously, he did not win it. Dustin Fowler, Billy McKinney, Ji-Man Choi, and Jason Gurka were also sent down.
New York Post | Joel Sherman: You know, I’m not exactly sure how New York sports fans will take this article. On the one hand, it is pushing for Tyler Wade to get the chance at shortstop while Sir Didi is recovering from his injuries. On the other hand, the comparison used for why Wade should do so is Zak Prescott of the Dallas Cowboys. There’s still a chance that Wade could get that chance. However, that would mean that Didi Gregorius is Tony Romo, and no. Just...no.
New York Daily News | Mike Mazzeo: Alex Rodriguez talked with University of Miami students and discussed his interview with Mike Francesa. His whole experience seems to have humbled him, as he admitted how much of a jerk he was during that whole ordeal. When asked about his Hall of Fame chances, he said that he wanted to focus on being a Hall of Fame father and a Hall of Fame businessman. I’d take a Hall of Fame special instructor as well.