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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 4/20/19

Miguel Andujar getting closer; Gio Gonzalez likely to opt out; Yankees sign Logan Morrison; Estevan Florial making progress

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SNY: Miguel Andujar is making excellent progress on his way back from injury. He took batting practice twice this week and also threw yesterday for the first time since his shoulder injury. There is no timetable on Andujar’s return, but it could be expedited if he plays some first base or DH. | Brendan Kuty: It’s crunch time for Gio Gonzalez. Today is his opt-out deadline, and he has to decide whether or not to stay in the Yankees’ system. Jeff Passan is reporting that Gonzalez is likely to opt out after firing his agent, Scott Boras. It looks like Gio will give free agency another go.

New York Post | Justin Terranova: Although Gonzalez may be leaving soon, the Yankees have signed another veteran to a minor league contract. First baseman Logan Morrison is on his way to Scranton after signing a Triple-A deal. Morrison hit 15 home runs last year and 38 the year before, so there could be some life in his bat still.

However, he’s probably best known in Yankees Universe as the guy who said that Gary Sanchez making the Home Run Derby in 2017 over him was “stupid.” Hopefully that’s all water under the bridge now. | Brendan Kuty: The rash of Yankees’ injuries even made its way to the minor leagues. Estevan Florial, the Yankees’ top prospect, took a big step forward in his return from a wrist injury. His cast has been removed, and he will resume baseball activities in seven-to-ten days. Florial, one of baseball’s top-70 prospects, was expected to play for Double-A Trenton this year.