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Around the Empire - Yankees news: 4/10/19

Miguel Andujar tests his shoulder; Luis Severino sidelined with lat strain; Rotation options for the Yankees; Gio Gonzalez was dealing in Triple-A start

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New York Post | George A. King III: Later today, the Yankees will face one of the biggest tests of their season. No, I’m not talking about the Houston Astros. At some point this afternoon, Miguel Andujar will have a catch for the first time since tests revealed a partially torn labrum in his shoulder. If he comes through okay, the team can take the next step in his rehab. If not, the star third baseman will head for season-ending surgery. Cross your fingers, everyone.

The New York Times | James Wagner: While the Yankees wait on Andujar’s prognosis, they now know what set Luis Severino back. The team’s ace suffered a Grade 2 lat strain while rehabbing his rotator cuff tendinitis. The good news is that his shoulder is structurally in shape. That’s very important! The bad news, however, is it robs the Yankees of a key rotation piece for at least another six weeks.

SNY | Danny Abriano: How can the Yankees fill the hole left by Severino? His production will be difficult — nay, impossible — to match, but several alternatives exist. They could explore the star route by signing a free agent like Dallas Keuchel or trading for Madison Bumgarner. The team could opt for middle-tier pitchers or decide to roll with the arms they have in-house, like Gio Gonzalez.

NJ.com | Randy Miller: Speaking of Gonzalez, he had a fine start for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre yesterday. The left-hander tossed six shutout innings against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, allowing three hits and racking up 10 strikeouts. That is a way better line than his disastrous season opener. If that version of Gonzalez sticks around, the Yankees could see him pitch in the Bronx before long.