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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 1/13/20

Jordan Montgomery excited for return; Deivi Garcia confident heading into next season; Third base is Urshela’s job to lose

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SNY | Nick Wojton: Brian Cashman is keeping no secrets when it comes to the Yankees’ plans at third base this season. For the second time this offseason, Cashman told reporters that the third base job is Gio Urshela’s to lose. Whether that means Miguel Andujar will come off the bench or move around the diamond remains unclear. It will likely depend on how well he adapts to alternative positions like first base, and maybe even left field, when spring training rolls around. | Brendan Kuty: Jordan Montgomery missed almost the entire 2019 season as he continued his recovery from Tommy John surgery. It’s been a long rehab process for Montgomery, but he believes the surgery will make him a better pitcher in the long run. The now 27-year-old left-hander said his mechanics were out of sync prior to undergoing surgery, as he forced his arm into positions that wouldn’t hurt as much. Now that he’s fully recovered, Montgomery is focused on using a smoother delivery with better use of his legs.

SNY | Nick Wojton: Without question, Yankee fans will look forward to what top prospect Deivi Garcia will bring in 2020. The talented right-hander recently pointed to last year’s Futures Game as a source of a boost in confidence, one that he thinks will help propel him into next season. Cashman has been reluctant to consider moving Garcia for immediate help, and the young hurler could impact the big-league team soon.