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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 3/1/20

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Aaron Judge undergoing tests on shoulder; Clint Frazier taking steps forward on defense; Miguel Andujar also holding his own in left field; Teams knew Astros were cheating long before the public scandal.

MLB: Spring Training-Toronto Blue Jays at New York Yankees Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports

NJ.com | Brendan Kuty: It's too early to call this spring training a nightmare, but the Yankees' struggle with injuries is certainly feeling like a bad dream. Aaron Boone said Aaron Judge was still undergoing tests to find what's wrong with his sore shoulder. The star right fielder still doesn't have a timeline for his return to actual game action.

NJ.com | Randy Miller: Defense has been on the mind for many at Yankees camp this spring. There’s been plenty of focus on Gary Sanchez and Miguel Andujar in the field, not to mention Clint Frazier. Boone recently expressed that Frazier has made strides in the outfield, and outfield instructor Reggie Willits also felt that Frazier had made a leap forward. Frazier finding a way to handle left field could be huge with Giancarlo Stanton’s injury looming.

New York Post | George A. King: Speaking of outfield defense, the Yankees sound encouraged about the early returns on Andujar in the outfield. Andujar has only played a couple games in left field, but has made the handful of plays he’s had to out there. “I think he is reading the ball well out there and he is moving. So far it looks natural to him,” Boone said. Making decisive reads was a struggle for Andujar at third, so it will be interesting to see if he can make better reads at a different position.

NJ.com | Randy Miller: It’s no secret the Yankees’ rotation has already been wracked by injuries. Brian Cashman has indicated the team won’t look to external sources for pitching help, but should it? Miller expands on a recent tweet from Jon Heyman, in which Heyman speculated Jeff Samardzija would be a good fit for the Yankees. In Samardzija and Johnny Cueto, the rebuilding Giants do have a pair of interesting veteran starters, but Miller notes the Yankees probably won’t jump at the chance to add another expensive pitcher.

The Ringer | Ben Lindbergh: Well, here’s some more sign-stealing news. Lindbergh takes a very interesting look at the signs that other teams were aware of the Astros’ cheating long before it became public. He uses some smart measures, such as the amount of time opposing pitchers took between pitches against the Astros. If teams around the league knew the Astros were up to no good, why did it take so long for MLB to take action against Houston?