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

Giancarlo Stanton is having a good spring; Jacoby Ellsbury sidelined with mild oblique strain; Yankees give Adam Lind a minor league deal with a big league camp invite; Russell Wilson gets an at-bat; Cashman talks about Andujar

MLB: Spring Training-Atlanta Braves at New York Yankees
It me, when I realize the Yankees have Giancarlo Stanton
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports | Bryan Hoch: Giancarlo Stanton plays baseball for the New York Yankees now. It’s fun to type. It’s even more fun to watch. Yesterday’s spring training game against the Atlanta Braves gave us a good look at what he can do. Check this out!

He went out to get this ball and almost drove it over the wall. That, my friends, is pretty dang impressive. He hit another oppo-double later in the game. I can get use to this.

Newsday | Erik Boland: In what is probably one of the least surprising bits of news from yesterday, Jacoby Ellsbury is injured. Ellsbury was scheduled to play in the game, until he was scratched from the lineup. After the game, Aaron Boone said that Ellsbury had a mild oblique strain. While the Yankees are hoping he won’t be out for long, there is no official time table for his return. If you’re wondering how his chances to win the starting CF job is after this, I’ll just quote LTL here. “Oh, bleak!” | Bryan Hoch: The Yankees made a minor move to bolster their infield depth. Yesterday, Adam Lind accepted a minor league contract with a big league camp invitation attached to it. Lind could potentially be Greg Bird’s backup at 1B, if they decide he’s worth it. Lind will also have some say in the matter, as his deal includes an opt-out at the end of Spring Training. Tyler Austin just got some competition for the backup job.

SBNation | Grant Brisbee: Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson is living his dream in spring training, wearing the pinstripes. Although it was previously thought that he wouldn’t see any in-game action, Wilson actually got his chance to swing the bat. Pinch-hitting for Aaron Judge, Wilson took a healthy hack or two before striking out. The whole experience was silly and fun. Grant Brisbee details it way better than I can.

Finally, if you missed it, here is Brian Cashman talking with Meredith Marakovits about Miguel Andujar.