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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 2/27/20

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Stanton suffers calf injury; Andujar could replace him in the field; Yankees still snakebitten by injuries; Cole isn’t worried about clubhouse

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New York Post | George A. King III: Meet the new season, same as the old season. I think The Who sang that. The Yankees once again have a Giancarlo Stanton injury to rehab. The 30-year-old suffered a Grade 1 calf strain while working out, and Aaron Boone labeled him as questionable for Opening Day. “It’s disappointing because you want to get guys built up, but it is just a bump in the road and we are equipped to handle it,’ Boone said of all the injuries. Here’s hoping the slugger gets healthy soon. He could use a big year.

Sports Illustrated | Max Goodman: The Yankees may not have to look far to find a replacement left fielder. In fact, he might have auditioned yesterday. Miguel Andujar’s quest to become a multi-position defender has drawn significant attention this spring, but he might just settle in an outfield role while everyone gets healthy. Remember when everyone wondered where he would play this season? These things have a way of sorting themselves out, sadly.

The Ringer | Zach Kram: Do you know what’s the worst part of writing a Yankees blog? The seemingly constant stream of injury news. There’s no worse let down than writing up another injury report, as we’ve been doing since last spring. Kram places Luis Severino’s UCL tear in context, weighs in on potential replacements, and reminds everyone of 2019’s “onslaught of injuries”. It gets even worse when you realize this story was published before reports of Stanton’s calf strain surfaced. | Mike Rosenstein: Stories on the Astros and the sign-stealing scandal just won’t go away. In today’s installment, Gerrit Cole dismisses notions that his Yankees teammates will hold the saga against him:

“Everybody is entitled to their opinion,’’ he said, per USA Today, “it’s their own opinion. People handle this the way they want to handle it. We’re all grown guys around here. I’m certainly not going to tell somebody how to think.”

I truly never want to hear about the Astros ever again.