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Around the Empire: Yankees News - 3/2/19

Team still holding out hope for Ellsbury; Aroldis Chapman back to himself; New food offerings at GMS; What to watch for this weekend at spring training.

Philadelphia Phillies v New York Yankees Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images | Brendan Kuty: It wasn’t exactly shocking news that Jacoby Ellsbury started off camp hurt. More surprising is that the long-lost center fielder has at least started running on flat ground in his recovery from plantar fasciitis, and that the Yankees will soon face a choice with him; whether to have him come to Tampa for the end of spring training, or remain working in Phoenix. Who knows if/when Ellsbury will ever step foot on the outfield grass in the Bronx again, but he’s at the very least started to work his way back from his latest ailment.

New York Daily News | Kristie Ackert: The Yankees could once again have the best bullpen in baseball history, and anchoring the ninth inning will once again be Aroldis Chapman. After battling nagging knee tendinitis in 2018 that sapped some velocity and command, the closer threw his first simulated game of the spring and everything seems green. With the workload the Yankees expect to give their relievers, they’ll need all hands on deck.

North Jersey | Pete Caldera: Gary Sanchez made his first spring training appearance last night against the Orioles, and he’s one of a number of Yankees to keep a close eye on for the rest of camp. It would be easier to keep an eye on them if we could actually watch the games, but I digress.

New York Post | Ken Davidoff: Here’s a fun food guide for anyone planning a trip to Steinbrenner Field this spring. I approve of Davidoff’s high grade for the Mojo Shrimp, the best looking thing on the menu.