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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 02/28/20

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Pitchers that could be trade options for the Yankees; J.A. Happ hurled three frames while allowing just one run; Hal Steinbrenner finds a silver lining after Giancarlo Stanton’s injury; James Paxton ahead of schedule

Oakland Athletics v Arizona Diamondbacks Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images | Richard Justice: In the wake of the Luis Severino season-ending injury and the fact that James Paxton is getting a late start to the season, it remains a possibility that the Yankees trade for a starter before the real action begins. Richard Justice of mulled a few names that could be in play as the Bombers look to increase their lost depth. He names Robbie Ray, Jeff Samardzija, Johnny Cueto, Chris Archer and former Yankee Caleb Smith as possibilities.

Newsday | Erik Boland: J.A. Happ hurled three innings on Thursday, allowing just a single run against the Tampa Bay Rays’ split squad. The southpaw conceded just two hits and struck out two. The Yankees ended up winning 7-1, and Mike King, Clarke Schmidt and Jonathan Loaisiga hurled two scoreless frames each.

NY Post | George A. King: Hal Steinbrenner is disappointed at the prospect of having outfielder Giancarlo Stanton injured for the start of the season, but at least he is trying to find a silver lining. “Stanton was disappointing, but if you asked me if it would happen now or September, I would take now,” he told the Post before Thursday’s game against the Rays. “The good news is that it is not serious and he will be back.” The slugger was diagnosed this week with a Grade 1 calf strain.

WFAN | Sweeny Murti: Starting pitcher James Paxton, who had surgery on his back, could resume throwing around March 5. That would be the four-week mark after having surgery on February 5 to remove a cyst from his spine. He told reporters on Thursday that he is feeling “good to this point,” but remains without a set timetable. He is well ahead of schedule, though.