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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 4/6/19

Gonzalez rocked at Triple-A; Yankees sign veteran infielder; Beltran taking to new role; Tulowitzki staying positive

MLB: Spring Training-Toronto Blue Jays at New York Yankees Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports | Randy Miller: Gio Gonzalez was a late signing by the Yankees, so naturally he needed a warm-up start in Triple-A Scranton before getting the call to the Bronx. Gonzalez may need to spend a little bit more time in the minors, though. His first audition did not go well at all, giving up eight runs on eight hits with three walks in just four innings. Gonzalez remained positive after the game, but if he doesn’t shape up soon, there’s a chance that he never makes it back to the big leagues as a Yankee.

New York Post | Dan Martin: The Yankees’ infield is totally ravaged by injuries right now, and while that has Yankees fans on the edge, it has the Scranton RailRiders on even thinner ice. To help run out a complete infield, the team signed veteran Cliff Pennington to a minor league deal. While he’s never been much of a hitter, his fielding is still top-notch at age 34. He’s purely minor league depth at this point, but with all the injuries the Yankees have sustained, he’s just a phone call away from the big leagues.

New York Times | James Wagner: Carlos Beltran was a popular Yankee during his three years in the Bronx, and he has taken very well to his role as a special advisor to Brian Cashman. While Cashman acknowledged that some special advisors only help out when they feel like it, he has been very impressed with Beltran’s work ethic and full-time commitment. It’s a cool look at what goes on behind the curtain, and a neat profile of a recently retired MLB star.

ESPN | Coley Harvey: After Troy Tulowitzki’s calf injury sent him to the IL, the veteran shortstop expressed disappointment, but also stayed optimistic about getting back on the field. The piece also details how the Yankees are reacting to the laundry list of injuries, as well as a quick look at Thairo Estrada, the team’s newest infielder.