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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 5/23/19

Estevan Florial added to Yankees extended spring training roster; Didi Gregorius is back to rehabbing after dealing with some dehydration; CC Sabathia expected to hit the IL; Joe Girardi could maybe be a New York skipper again

MLB: Spring Training-New York Yankees at Toronto Blue Jays Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports | Brendan Kuty: Estevan Florial, who has been out all season after fracturing his wrist crashing into a wall during spring training, was added to the Yankees extended spring training roster on Wednesday. The 21-year-old is the Yankees top overall prospect. Building on a successful minor league season last year, Florial came into spring training and hit .355 with a homer across 13 games before his injury. Though there’s no exact date for when he’ll start participating in actual games, his addition to the roster is exciting news in this injury-plagued season.

Don’t worry, Didi Gregorius didn’t have a setback in his recovery, he was just thirsty. Well, that might be a trivialization. After playing through conditions in the mid-90s in his first extended spring training game on Monday, Didi was given an IV and some rest due to dehydration. The Yankee shortstop was back on Wednesday, going 1-for-3 as a DH, and is still looking to rejoin the big league squad in mid-to-late June. | Mike Rosenstein: Technically, this is Mets news. The other New York team has had a messy few weeks, capped off by outfielder Yoenis Cespedes’ recent season ending ankle injury that came from something non-baseball related on his farm. That is a very Mets sentence. All of this spells bad news for manager Mickey Callaway, whose time with the team seems to be coming to an end. On the flip side, that opens the door for a former New York manager to fill the void.

Joe Girardi is rumored to be on the short list of candidates for a replacement manager. The ex-Yankee skipper was dumped by the team after the 2017 season—a year where they were one win away from the World Series. A desire to return to baseball would be very understandable and the interest seems to be there. Appearing on WFAN on Tuesday, Girardi said of the Mets situation:

[Manager jobs] they’re few and far between. Usually when you do have an option the team is struggling, or rebuilding.


To me, their pitching has started to get ironed out. They’re not hitting and all their numbers are down since April, [but] they could catch the Phillies.

Going from the Yankees to the Mets? In the words of Joe, himself: it’s not what you want.

Finally, it sounds like CC Sabathia is going to hit the injured list for maintenance on his knee.

CC has required time on the IL due to his knee for several years now, but this stint feels early. It is not great timing, what with James Paxton already injured, and Jonathan Loaisiga on the 60-day IL too.