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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 4/22/19

Jacoby Ellsbury continued to get hurt; Yankees celebrate Earth Day; Mets interested in Gio Gonzalez; Clint Frazier has new kicks; Aaron Judge addresses injury

MLB: Spring Training-New York Yankees at Philadelphia Phillies Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports | Brendan Kuty: Jacoby Ellsbury’s injury somehow got worse. Manager Aaron Boone reported that Ellsbury suffered setbacks as he recovers at the team’s training complex in Tampa. “He’s had different things that have popped up that haven’t allowed him to break through to get to that point to where we can start thinking about heavy baseball activity,” Boone said.

CBS | New York: The Yankees pinstripes are turning green — metaphorically speaking. In January, the organization announced the hiring of Dr. Allen Hershkowitz, who is a native New Yorker and an environmental science expert. His task is to make sure that Yankee Stadium goes green. CBS reports new details on this important mission. Happy Earth Day, everyone!

New York Post | Dan Martin: On Saturday, Gio Gonzalez announced his intention to opt out of his minor-league contract with the Yankees. The team must add him to the 25-man roster today or the southpaw becomes a free agent. Meanwhile, the Mets are “keeping a close eye on” Gonzalez.

MLB Cut4 | Eric Chesterton: Yankees RBI and home run leader Clint Frazier’s newest modified cleats pay tribute to a Yankees legend. Is it a coincidence Frazier homered while wearing his modified Air Jordan Derek Jeters? | Brendan Kuty: Aaron Judge finally speaks on his injury, but refuses to discuss a timetable for his return. “There’s no need to put a clock on it because of what happened with the wrist last year,” Judge said following Sunday’s win over the Royals at Yankee Stadium. “So, no need to go down that road again.”