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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 3/11/20

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Gary Sanchez diagnosed with the flu; A closer look at which Yankees have options remaining; Examining MLB elbow injuries.

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SNY | Scott Thompson: Gary Sanchez has been dealing with back pain for a few days, but missed his scheduled BP session on Tuesday. He had a fever and the Yankees revealed that he tested positive for the flu (which seems to be unrelated to the back issue). He wasn’t tested for the coronavirus.

NJ.com | Mike Rosenstein: The Yankees made some roster cuts Monday, but obviously haven’t narrowed down the final 26-man roster yet. It sometimes isn’t clear which players have options remaining, and this serves as a helpful list. Some of the notable players without options are Kyle Higashioka, Luis Cessa, Gio Urshela, and Mike Tauchman.

FanGraphs | Jason Martinez: Elbow injuries are pretty rampant in MLB these days, with the Yankees’ own Luis Severino undergoing Tommy John surgery just a few weeks ago. Martinez checks in on players who had elbow and forearm issues in 2019 to see how they’re doing this spring, and takes a look at players who are on track to return from TJS in 2020. There are some reasons to be optimistic in there.