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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 3/12/20

Zack Britton hurts wrist during batting practice; James Paxton starts throwing; Montgomery is looking “imposing”; Torres is having an uneven spring on defense.

MLB: Spring Training-Atlanta Braves at New York Yankees Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports | Brendan Kuty: Because what the Yankees really need is for their players to start suffering injuries outside of games, Zack Britton was hit in the wrist by a comebacker during a live batting practice session. It looks like Britton at least dodged a bullet, if not a ball, as an X-ray and CT scan didn’t indicate any structural damage to his right wrist.

New York Daily News | Kristie Ackert: James Paxton got his throwing program underway yesterday, making 25 easy throws at 60 feet. The big left-hander will now have an off day to rest and see how his surgically repaired back responds to throwing, before throwing again on Friday. He reiterated that “It’ll be a best case middle of May” in terms of time-frame if things continue to go well. | Brendan Kuty: A couple days ago, I previewed Jordan Montgomery’s season, and noted that while it’d be difficult for Montgomery to suddenly emerge as an imposing figure in the Yankees’ rotation, he had a shot at it due to his added velocity. Well, Kuty discussed Montgomery’s latest excellent spring outing with Aaron Boone, who said “He’s more physically imposing now.” Montgomery apparently touched 95 mph, and is giving fans more and more hope that this could be a breakout season for him.

New York Post | George A. King: Gleyber Torres is having a rough spring in the field. He’s committed five errors in 11 games, and King quotes a few scouts who had less than flattering things to say about Torres’ skills at shortstop. For what it’s worth, across his first two seasons, advanced defensive metrics rate Torres slightly better at short than at second base.

Also, as you've likely heard by now, the NBA suspended its season after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for Coronavirus. ESPN's Jeff Passan tweeted that MLB will discuss Friday what its next steps will be in the face of the outbreak. As of now, there are no official plans to postpone games or stage them in empty stadiums, but I have to imagine those measures will soon be considered. The situation is changing rapidly, and we will obviously be monitoring how MLB decides to act.