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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 2/19/20

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Aaron Judge starts off spring training with injury scare; Miguel Andujar is ready to get to work all across the field; MLB’s sign-stealing scandal isn’t going away any time soon.

New York Yankees Player Arron Judge During Spring Training Photo by J. Conrad Williams Jr./Newsday via Getty Images | Mike Rosenstein: The Yankees started off spring training with an injury scare, albeit it a minor one. Aaron Judge didn’t take batting practice or throw at the team’s first full squad workout due to maintenance on his right shoulder. He also will miss the spring opener on Saturday. This is probably just a minor note, but fans may understandably treat every injury detail with alarm on the heels of the injury debacle of 2019.

New York Post | Ken Davidoff: There was buzz throughout the winter that Miguel Andujar would report to camp ready to play positions other than third base. Andujar confirmed that he’d prepared to play first base and left field. The 24-year-old will likely take reps all over the field, with Gio Urshela the incumbent at the hot corner.

The Ringer | Ben Lindbergh: As it’s a day that ends in “Y”, we have more content on MLB’s sign-stealing scandal. Lindbergh cleanly elucidates just what about this scandal is so self-sustaining, and why it’s likely to sustain for much, much longer than it already has. Whether you’re sick of the controversy, or eager for more details, we’re going to be dealing with this scandal for a long time.

Sports Illustrated | Jenna West: Speaking of The Banging Scheme, Judge was the latest player to be asked his feelings on the whole ordeal. Judge indicated he wasn’t happy with the punishments levied at the Astros, stating “I thought it was a little weak for a player-driven scheme.” While suspending players would likely open up a few different cans of worms, Judge rightfully hints at the cognitive dissonance required to explicitly label the scheme as player-driven but to leave said players out of the punishment.