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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 5/7/19

Dellin Betances begins throwing; Deivi Garcia a prospect to watch; Michael King experiences a setback; The time Mariano Rivera was almost traded to the Tigers.

Divisional Round - Boston Red Sox v New York Yankees - Game Four Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images | Pete Caldera: After being shut down for a few weeks, Dellin Betances resumed his throwing program yesterday. The right-hander was a little worried leading up to it, in the fear that he’d experience another setback. The good news is that he didn’t experience any issues, and will progress towards playing catch. He laughed off the idea of returning in May, but he should return in June.

New York Post | Mark W. Sanchez: Deivi Garcia is one prospect to keep an eye on in the minor leagues this year. The 19-year-old has earned comparisons to Pedro Martinez from the Double-A manager, Pat Osborn. At 5’9”, he is pretty short for a Yankees pitcher, but he has three plus pitches and is working on a slider. At the rate this team is going through players, he could crack the big leagues this year.

Times Tribune Blogs | Conor Foley: On the topic of both prospects and injuries: Mike King suffered a setback. He has been out since spring training due to a stress reaction in his right elbow. Initially, it looked like he would be able to return in May, but this latest setback has pushed that to after the All-Star break.

Sports Illustrated | Bill Pennington: A fun snippet about the time the Yankees nearly traded Mariano Rivera to the Tigers.