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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 3/25/2020

Stanton would be ready to go if spring training resumed today; Yankees minor league quarantine ends; Francisco Lindor is Gio Urshela’s barber; Gerrit Cole and pregnant wife Amy have a catch

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ESPN: In rare baseball news, Yankees manager Aaron Boone has stated that outfielder Giancarlo Stanton would be ready to play if spring training started up today. Since straining his right calf last month, Stanton has resumed baseball activities, and has not only hit, but also run at full speed and in all directions and generally, to use the manager’s words, “doing all the things necessary to get into a game.” While nothing is certain in these uncertain times, it’s looking more and more likely that Stanton will be back on the field once baseball resumes.

Newsday | Erik Boland: In more significant news, the quarantine that the Yankees minor leaguers have been under since March 13 will come to an end today, as the minor league complex will officially reopen. Fortunately for the Yankees, they appear at this point in time to have avoided a serious outbreak among the 150 players at the minor league complex, with the only cases being the two previously-reported positive tests. | Brendan Kuty: In news that will surely not incite trade rumors, Yankees third baseman Gio Urshela streamed himself on Instagram Live receiving a haircut from Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor. The two have been buddies ever since they came up together through the Indians farm system.

New York Post | Mark Fischer: Newly-acquired starter Gerrit Cole will be the ace of the Yankees pitching staff when and if the season starts up. But should the need arise, they might be able to receive additional pitching help from the Cole family. Gerrit’s wife Amy, a former softball pitcher at UCLA, shared a video of the two of them having a catch to keep loose during the quarantine. And let’s not forget that she’s five months pregnant.