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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 3/2/20

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Aaron Boone is optimistic about the team’s injuries; Jordan Montgomery making his case to make the Yankees’ rotation; Yankees’ first-round pick makes spring debut.

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NY Daily News | Kristie Ackert: The Yankees have been ravaged by injuries to key players before the regular season has even started, but Aaron Boone is optimistic, specifically with regard to Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton. “It’s frustrating that we haven’t pinpointed exactly what it is, what’s caused the discomfort so that’s the frustrating part,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said about Judge. “But I would say I feel a little more optimistic as to where we’re at.”

NY Post | George A. King III: The Yankees have question marks at the back-end of their starting rotation. However, Jordan Montgomery has made a strong case to be part of the starting five. In his second outing of the spring, the lefty threw two scoreless innings, allowing a hit and striking out four. He's also impressed with slightly increased velocity on his fastball.

NY Post | George A. King III: Yankees’ 2019 first-round pick Anthony Volpe traveled with the big league club to Joker Marchant Stadium for an exhibition game against the Tigers on Sunday. He entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning, his first quick glimpse of baseball at the highest level. The 18-year-old said he almost had to pinch himself because he couldn’t believe it.