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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 3/20/19

Betances is the latest to go down with an injury; Hicks on the way back from his; Looking at Green and Loaisiga’s 2019 roles; Where does the Yankees’ second base situation rank?

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New York Times | James Wagner: In case you missed it yesterday, Dellin Betances is the latest Yankee to deal with injury concerns. Due to an impingement in his right shoulder, Betances was added to the injured list, where he will start the season. Not ideal, but hopefully they’re able to deal with the injury now before it potentially develops into something worse.

ESPN | Coley Harvey: Speaking of injuries, here’s an update on one. Nearly to the day since he signed his extension, Aaron Hicks has been out of action at spring training with back pain. However, after a second cortisone shot, he looks to be on the way back. The last update two days ago said he was likely to miss the first series of the season, but hopefully the Yankees center fielder will be back in action soon.

New York Daily News | Kristie Ackert: Whatever what you may think of it, the opener is probably here to stay in 2019. The Yankees dabbled with it last season. With the rash of starting pitcher injuries they’re dealing with, it may be something they turn to even more in 2019. Chad Green has said that he’s open to the idea, and got the start in Tuesday’s spring training game. | Brendan Kuty: Another person that may see time early on the mound for the Yankees is Jonathan Loaisiga. After starting the year in Single-A Tampa, Loaisiga jumped all the way to the majors last season, and made a handful of starts in June. It’s unclear where Loaisiga will end up long term, but at least in 2019, the Yankees would like him to hit the 100-inning mark.

FanGraphs | Craig Edwards: FanGraphs continued their positional rankings by moving onto second base, where the Yankees sit seventh. Obviously, Gleyber Torres makes up the majority of that value, but with the added caveat that he could see some time at shortstop before Didi Gregorius returns.