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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 3/16/21

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Yankees have a difficult choice with Deivi García and Domingo Germán; Prospect Austin Wells wants to stay behind the plate; Zack Britton undergoes successful surgery; Miguel Andujar dealing with a “nerve issue”.

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New York Post | Dan Martin: Deivi García is making things hard on the Yankees. For better or worse, it sounded as if the young righty wasn’t the favorite for the fifth spot in the Opening Day rotation, but Garcia has allowed just two earned runs across eight spring innings so far, striking out ten in the process. His main competition for the fifth slot, Domingo Germán, has also pitched very well, which means the Yankees could have a good problem as the season nears: multiple worthy options to take a spot in the rotation.

NJ.com | Brendan Kuty: When the Yankees took slugger Austin Wells with the first of their three picks in the 2020 MLB Draft, most assumed he would move off the catcher position he played as an amateur. However, Wells has expressed optimism that he can stick behind the plate after working with Yankees catching coordinator Tanner Swanson and starter Gary Sánchez. Wells said he’d tried out a one-knee-down approach with Sánchez, and Swanson praised Wells’ coachability in camp.

New York Post | Dan Martin: Zack Britton underwent surgery on Monday to remove bone chips from his left elbow, and it sounds like the procedure went well. The reliever thanked the surgeon that operated on him, Dr. Chris Ahmad, and expressed his excitement about getting back to work as soon as possible. Britton is likely to return sometime this summer, though his exact timetable is unknown at this point.

CBS Sports | Katherine Acquavella: A couple of injury updates here, as Aaron Boone gave us some more information on the status of Robinson Chirinos and Miguel Andújar. Chirinos is slated to undergo wrist surgery today and should be out 4-6 weeks, while Andújar is apparently dealing a muscle strain and a nerve issue. It remains to be seen what Andújar’s recovery timeline could look like.