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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 3/20/21

Lucas Luetge continues to make his case; Yankees still have several roster decisions to make; a Women’s History Month conversation with Suzyn Waldman; Aaron Hicks feeling good a year after Tommy John surgery

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New York Daily News | Kristie Ackert: The biggest positive surprise in spring training for the Yankees has been pitcher Lucas Luetge. In just a couple weeks, he’s gone from a guy who hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2015 and who was seemingly just spring training depth to a genuine contender for a roster spot. What’s been most impressive is his numbers against right-handed hitters, as he’d mostly struggled against them in the bigs before and was mostly seen as a LOOGY.

New York Post | Dan Martin: Spring training may be closer to the end than the start, but there are still some genuine roster questions ahead for the Yankees. Bench spots, bullpen spots, and the fifth starter are all conversations still worth having. Somewhat surprisingly, it looks like the final roster spots will be in question down to the wire. (Although the cuts yesterday winnowed the competition a bit with relative long shot Mike Ford out of the picture.) | Sarah Langs: In honor of Women’s History Month, here is a conversation with Yankees’ radio broadcaster Suzyn Waldman. Waldman is a genuine legend and trailblazer, and this is a great look at her experiences and the importance of representation. | Brendan Kuty: Earlier this week, Aaron Hicks played in three consecutive games for the first time all spring. That may not sound like a big deal, but it is when you factor in how he felt after it. Hicks underwent Tommy John surgery after the 2019 season and said his arm never quite got back to full strength during the 2020 season. However, he says his arm is feeling a lot better going into this year.