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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 3/17/21

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Higashioka scratched with soreness; Severino comments on first bullpen since TJS; Loaisiga continues impressive spring; Jeter’s New York castle for sale; LeBron joins Red Sox ownership group

New York Yankees catcher Kyle Higashioka and pitcher Luis Severino during spring training 2020 Photo by J. Conrad Williams, Jr./Newsday RM via Getty Images

New York Post | Dan Martin: The Yankees endured a plethora of injuries in 2019 and 2020, and they haven’t stopped in 2021. Kyle Higashioka was slated to play in Tuesday’s game against the Tigers, but he was scratched because of soreness in his side. The Yankees downplayed it, so it doesn’t seem too serious. “We didn’t want to mess with anything too much,” Aaron Boone said. “Just try to avoid an injury situation.” Along with Higgy, relief pitcher Adam Warren has also been shut down with shoulder soreness.

Sports Illustrated | Max Goodman: Luis Severino has been out since 2019 as he underwent Tommy John surgery, but he is ramping back up and is excited to be back out on the mound and he’s feeling strong. “I’ve been feeling pretty good. I didn’t know what to do in my first bullpen, so I treated it like it was a normal bullpen,” Severino said. “They told me not to throw it too hard, so I tried to back up a little bit. I was feeling pretty good, I was throwing a lot of strikes.” He’s scheduled to return to the Yankees’ pitching staff around the late summer months.

New York Post | Dan Martin: Jonathan Loáisiga has had an impressive spring thus far. He’s thrown 8.1 frames with seven strikeouts and has yet to allow a run. With Zack Britton’s injury looming large, Loáisiga will be relied upon more out of the bullpen this season, and possibly even in high-leverage situations. The Yankees hope his performance in spring training is a precursor to his regular season play.

The Sacramento Bee | David Caraccio: Are you interested in purchasing Derek Jeter’s castle on Greenwood Lake? Well, I have good news for you. He just dropped the price by $2 million! Instead of paying about $15 million for it, you can now buy it for a mere $12.75 million! If you’re the person that acquires the property, let’s just say I wouldn’t say no to an invite if offered.

MLB Trade Rumors | Connor Byrne: LeBron James, notable Yankees fan, is now a part owner of the Boston Red Sox. He has agreed to purchase “an undisclosed amount” of shares in the John Henry-led Fenway Sports Group. Let’s just hope his success in the NBA does not carry over to baseball in Massachusetts.