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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 4/19/17

Gregorius to begin rehab assignment Friday, Sanchez to throw today; Torres has bicep tendinitis; Montgomery could break a team curse; NYY proving everyone wrong

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New York Daily News | Mike Mazzeo & Daniel Popper: Didi Gregorius, who hurt his shoulder playing for the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic, will officially start playing in rehab games this Friday. Girardi says he will need about 10 days, so there’s a chance Gregorius could return against the Orioles at the end of the month. Also Gary Sanchez will begin throwing today for the first time since his injury but Girardi cautioned that he’s has a while to go and is behind Gregorius in his rehab.

The Trentonian | Kyle Franko: It wasn’t all sunshine in the Bronx yesterday. After getting good news on Gregorius and Sanchez, news came out that top prospect Gleyber Torres was scratched from the Trenton Thunder lineup with a sore right shoulder. Joe Girardi later said that it was bicep tendinitis and that Torres will go for an MRI. They’ll know more about Torres’ status after that, stay tuned.

New York Post | Joel Sherman: A successful starting pitcher that was developed by the Yankees is almost a rare sight. After Andy Pettitte, one is hard-pressed to find a good starter that’s been developed by the Yankees in the last quarter century. Jordan Montgomery has a chance to break the curse, though. Obviously it’s still early and it’s only been two starts, he’s going to have his rough patches, but he’s pitched well so far and given some hope.

CBS | Jason Keidel: Coming into the season, the Yankees were expected to go nowhere. It was a rebuilding year and their pitching was shaky. The first week of the season started to prove the pundits right. Then the Yankees found their groove. Before getting stopped by Miguel Gonzalez last night, the Yankees were winners of eight in a row and were winning because everything was firing right on all cylinders. The pitching (both starting and relief) was good and the offense was alive, thanks to both the “dead-weight” veterans and young blood.