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Around the Empire: Yankees News - 3/10/20

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Paxton could resume throwing program on Wednesday; King may be pitching his way out of roster consideration; Andujar is working to become the Yankees’ jack-of-all-trades; team announces cuts.

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New York Daily News | Kristie Ackert The Yankees received some good news on Monday amid the recent injury crisis. James Paxton, who has been on the shelf since February 5 after surgery to remove a cyst from his spine, could begin a throwing program on Wednesday, according to Ackert. “If everything goes well the next two days, I will start throwing Wednesday,” he said Monday morning. “Everything feels good.” The plan is for him to begin with 25 throws from 60 feet and slowly work his way back to the rotation. That could put him on track to return in May or June at the latest.

NJ.com | Randy Miller New York Yankees’ youngster Mike King started spring training on the right foot, with 3.2 scoreless innings. However, he may be pitching his way out of roster consideration after struggling for the second game in a row on Monday. Against the Philadelphia Phillies, the righty conceded a home run to Christian Bethancourt that tied the ballgame. “He’s struggling to kind of find and command his pitches,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “A lot of pitches are kind of not really where he wants to throw them, so he’s getting into some bad counts.” His ERA is still respectable at 3.86, but given the fierce competition and the plethora of young arms the Yankees have at their disposal, making the roster may be difficult for King at this point.

New York Post | Kevin Kernan: Miguel Andujar is working his tail off to become the Yankees’ jack-of-all-trades. On Monday, he took fly balls in right field on a back field located behind George M. Steinbrenner Field. Then, he had a long round of batting practice, and after that, he switched his glove and worked on third base, specifically focusing on slow grounders. When he was done at the hot corner, the young slugger once again changed to a first baseman’s mitt and worked there. Andujar knows that versatility means more at-bats and ways to help the team. Nobody can say he isn’t a hard worker. “I love the fact that he has made the commitment to play different positions,’’ Willie Randolph told The Post.

The Yankees also announced some roster cuts yesterday. You can read our rundown of the roster shuffle here.