Around the Empire
New York Daily News | Mike Mazzeo: On Saturday, Gary Sanchez was taken out of the game with an injury. Yesterday, we found out just how long he would be gone. An MRI revealed that he has a Grade 1 strain of the brachialis muscle. Due to this, Sanchez will be gone for about four weeks. All things considered, this could have been a lot worse. Here’s hoping he comes back strong. Sigh.
Newsday | Eric Boland: The Yankees home opener was yesterday and it was a show to behold. Michael Pineda can be inconsistent more often than not. However, yesterday he was Substantial Miguel once again. Pineda pitched perfect baseball into the seventh inning, until Yankees’ arch-nemesis Evan Longoria laced a double into left field to break up his bid for perfection. Nevertheless, he still struck out eleven Rays’ batters and gave the hometown crowd a spectacle to welcome the Yankees back to the Bronx.
Newsday | Steven Marcus: Aaron Judge also thought very highly of Pineda’s performance yesterday. Judge had himself a pretty okay day as well. In the fourth inning, he crushed a baseball into the left field seats for his second dinger in two days. Most of his post-game interview was spent praising Pineda. Who could blame him after the day Pineda had. It’s still very encouraging to see the tall right-fielder hitting well. Defense rests.
New York Post | Dan Martin: Speaking of hitting well, Matt Holliday. Holliday has impressed in the early throws of his pinstriped career. He has only played seven games. In that time, he is 8-for-22 with three extra-base hits and eight walks. While it’s still early, it’s a promising sign that this signing might work wonders for the Yankees. With Gary out, they will need the veteran.
MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: The Yankees have announced who their fifth starter will be. Jordan Montgomery, come on down. Montgomery’s impressive spring peaked the interest of Joe Girardi and friends, to say the least. To make room for Montgomery, the Yankees have optioned reliever Chasen Shreve to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Montgomery will start in Wednesday’s game against the Rays.
The New York Times | Tyler Kepner: Finally, a look at Brian Cashman. This article talks about what Cashman has done in his time with the Yankees, as well as what he’s currently trying to do with the youth movement rebuild. Give this a read or perhaps just look at the extremely stoic picture of the Yankees’ GM.