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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 3/17/2020

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Opening Day pushed back to accommodate CDC recommendations; Yankees minor league player identified; Aaron Boone plans to head back to NY

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MLB.com | Mark Feinsand: After initially pushing back the start of Opening Day by two weeks, MLB confirmed that it will take that start date even further. Following a recommendation from the CDC to avoid gatherings of 50 or more people for the next eight weeks, MLB will be aligning with that guideline for the foreseeable future. They did not decide on an exact date as of yet, but for now the most optimistic return date is around Memorial Day.

NY Post | Dan Martin: The Yankees have the first known case of coronavirus in a baseball player, and now we know who it has affected. Denny Larrondo — a 17-year-old international pitcher from Cuba — tested positive for the virus. The Yankees have quarantined their minor league players in the meantime, but haven’t placed that requirement on their major league players.

NJ.com | Brendan Kuty: The Yankees voted unanimously to stay in Tampa to train on Friday and the coaches and staff decided to stay with them, but the changing timeline has affected those plans heavily. Aaron Boone is the first to break from that decision, telling reporters that he plans to fly back to New York in a day or two. Boone noted that it’s going to be “more and more challenging” to continue having camp open in light of the CDC recommendations and further responses as the situation develops.