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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 2/25/21

Domingo Germán publicly apologizes; Giancarlo Stanton trying to change his injury-prone narrative; Luis Medina could see the majors in 2021.

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ESPN | Marly Rivera: After missing the entire 2020 season due to suspension, Domingo Germán publicly apologized for his actions that violated MLB’s domestic violence policy. He addressed the entire team in two separate groups—because of COVID-19 protocols—before speaking to the media. “I asked for their forgiveness,” Germán said. “I felt that was the best way to have them trust me, and welcome me to the team again.” While the team seemed to accept the apology, Luke Voit noted that Germán was still on “thin ice.” | Pete Caldera: It’s no secret that Giancarlo Stanton hasn’t been able to stay on the field at a consistent rate during his last two season with the Yankees. In a positive sign of Stanton’s health this early spring, he participated in the outfield drills during this week’s initial full squad workout. Aaron Boone recently stated that Stanton could get a decent amount of reps in the field this year. Stanton is certainly trying to change his narrative amongst Yankees fans.

Sports Illustrated | Max Goodman: Luis Medina, who is currently the Yankees’ No. 11 ranked prospect, could possibly see the major leagues in 2021. “He’s somebody that we’re very excited about and somebody that has a ton of talent” Aaron Boone said. “I feel like has matured a lot since I’ve gotten to see him and know him over this last year so you never know what can happen this year but he’s somebody that we feel like has a bright future and a major-league future.” The 21-year-old hasn’t pitched above Single-A in his five-year stint within the Yankees organization, but he has made significant strides this winter in the Puerto Rican Winter League. During his time there, he was named the Pitcher of the Year, allowing just one run over 16.2 innings pitched and striking out 32 batters.