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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 3/7/20

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Judge has a fractured rib; revisiting the Sonny Gray trade; Andujar could hold his own in the outfield; could Herrera make the Opening Day roster?

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NY Post | George A. King III: The Yankees finally have an answer for Aaron Judge’s lingering shoulder and pectoral pain, and it’s because of his...rib? That’s right, Judge has a stress fracture in his top right rib, likely suffered last September diving for a ball. Judge will rest for two weeks before determining if surgery is needed. Can the injuries stop now?

NJ.com | Randy Miller: Rosell Herrera has been raking for the Yankees. In fact, he has the highest batting average in baseball at the moment among hitters with at least 15 at-bats, currently mashing at a .563 clip. Herrera has had no such success in his brief time in the majors, but could his hot streak help him become an unlikely inclusion on the Opening Day roster?

NJ.com | Mike Rosenstein: Sonny Gray was on R2C2 last week, and CC Sabathia offered some interesting insight into why Gray might have struggled in New York. The trade didn’t work out for the Yanks, but how is it working out for the A’s? Here’s a look at the current state of the prospects that were dealt to Oakland back in 2017.

Daily News | Kristie Ackert: With Judge likely out for the start of the season, the Yanks need outfield help in the worst way, and maybe Miguel Andujar can be of some assistance. Aaron Boone admitted to Andujar looking shaky at first base, but he feels more at home in the outfield. If he could be at least competent out there while producing at the plate on any level like he did in 2018, the Bombers would be pretty well suited to plug the holes of Stanton and Judge while they’re on the mend.