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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 3/26/18

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The Yankees have options at first base; Neil Walker is ready for anything; Domingo German has backers in organizaiton; Luis Severino got lost at Disney World

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The New York Daily News | Mike Mazzeo: The Yankees suffered their most significant blow of the spring this weekend, losing first baseman Greg Bird to right foot inflammation. Should Bird need to open the season on the disabled list, the Yankees have options to replace him. Neil Walker and Tyler Austin could see time at the position. At least Aaron Boone is “a little bit optimistic”. That gives us some hope, right? | Bryan Hoch: Speaking of Walker, he’s ready to do anything the Yankees ask of him. In addition to his regular position at second base, he will prepare for games at the corner of the infield. He’s taking groundballs at the hot corner and has already played first base in games. It’s funny how these signings quickly go from luxuries to necessities, isn’t it? | Randy Miller: The Yankees selected Jonathan Holder as the last arm in the bullpen for a number of reasons. He’s had a strong spring and could be headed towards a breakout season. They also made the decision because they believe in Domingo German as a starting pitcher and want to keep him stretched out at Triple-A. “We’ve talked about using a sixth starter on a day in April,” explained Boone. “We’d love to only have to use five starters all year, but that’s usually not the reality of things.” The Yankees believe in German, and they’re showing it by keeping him in Scranton. It sounds weird, but it makes sense.

The New York Post | Ken Davidoff: Luis Severino pitched well against the Blue Jays yesterday, holding the division rivals to just two runs over five innings. That almost didn’t happen, however, as the right-hander ran late due to some bad traffic around Disney World. When I read this story’s headline, I figured he got stuck on the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith. Alas, he did a better job of finding the park than the late Pascual Perez.