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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 2/19/18

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Ellsbury ready to compete for CF job; Photo day for Stanton; Sanchez tears the cover off a ball...literally; Judge and Stanton to hit in same BP group; Abreu recovering from appendicitis

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New York Times | Billy Witz: Last season ended with Aaron Hicks as the starting center fielder and Jacoby Ellsbury on the bench/part-time DH and that’s how 2018 will likely begin too. Brian Cashman said because of how the season ended, it doesn’t make sense to name Ellsbury the starter off the bat, but there’s room for him to win his job back. Ellsbury says he’s determined to win his job back and also added that the Yankees never actually approached him about waiting his no-trade clause this winter.

Cut4 | Adrian Garro: I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this or not before, but Giancarlo Stanton is a Yankee. Yes, that Giancarlo Stanton. Yes, those Yankees. Don’t believe me? I know, it sounds made up and all, but there’s actual proof. Well, it was photo day for Stanton yesterday and follow this link to look at Giancarlo Stanton in his full, pinstriped glory.

Cut4 | Michael Clair: I know we’ve talked a lot about the duo of Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge, but let’s not forget that “Gary is scary.” Gary Sanchez took batting practice yesterday and took a second to remind baseballs that they also have to fear the Kraken and not just Judge and Stanton by literally smashing the cover off a ball. Rest in peace, baseball. You served your purpose well. /pours one out | Bryan Hoch: Now that Sanchez has done his part to remind baseballs why they should be afraid, it’s Judge and Stanton’s turns to show baseballs why they should be afraid. Judge and Stanton are set to hit in the same batting practice group today, and oh man...those baseballs had families! In good news, however, even though Judge will be held out the first few Grapefruit League games as a precaution for his shoulder, he’s been 100% cleared to participate in on-field hitting drills.

New York Post | Dan Martin: Albert Abreu, who’s drawn comparisons to Luis Severino, has yet to throw a pitch this spring. Currently sidelined as he recovers from appendicitis, his health hasn’t been on his side recently as he was limited to just 14 games last year due to shoulder and elbow issues. Abreu is hoping to resume baseball activities by the end of the week so he can show the Yankees what he’s got and the Yankees, especially Severino and Larry Rothschild, are eager to see what the hype is about for themselves.