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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 3/25/21

Justin Wilson’s MRI comes back clean; 21 Yankees games available on Prime Video; MLB will use Statcast data to detect pitchers doctoring the ball; Bombers cut four players as Jay Bruce decision looms

2021 New York Yankees Photo Day Photo by Mike Carlson/MLB Photos via Getty Images | Bryan Hoch: The Yankees received some good news regarding the health of one of their top relievers. Justin Wilson, who left Monday’s game against the Phillies after showing diminished velocity and failing to retire a batter, was diagnosed with left shoulder tightness and is listed as “day-to-day” after an MRI showed no structural damage. The team explained that Wilson has been given an oral anti-inflammatory medication. His status for Opening Day is iffy at best, but it looks like the Bombers dodged a bullet.

YES Network: Amazon and the YES Network announced that 21 New York Yankees games will stream on Prime Video in the 2021 season. Prime members will be able to enjoy them on compatible devices at no additional cost. The first contest that will be available on the platform is against the Tampa Bay Rays on April 18th (the full list is available through the link). Through Amazon’s X-Ray technology, fans will be able to access live in-game stats, team and player details and real-time play-by-play information as they watch.

NY Post | Joel Sherman: MLB, in its attempt to prevent pitchers from using foreign substances on balls to increase spin rate and, therefore, pitch movement, notified teams that it will use Statcast data to detect suspicious patterns, with an emphasis in pitchers suspected of ‘doctoring’ baseballs. According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, besides spin rate analysis, the league plans to increase monitoring by compliance officers and inspect baseballs taken out of play to check for substances. Yankees’ ace Gerrit Cole was named in a court filing as one of several pitchers meddling with the ball, but the suit was dismissed in Orange County Superior Court in January.

NJ Advance Media | Randy Miller: The Yankees announced several roster cuts after yesterday’s game, reassigning pitchers Kyle Barraclough and Asher Wojciechowski as well as outfielders Sócrates Brito and Ryan LaMarre to minor league camp. As a reminder, Jay Bruce’s opt-out decision with the Yankees is due today.

FanGraphs | Jay Jaffe: FanGraphs’ positional previews touched on catchers, and the Yankees’ are ranked 16th. Gary Sánchez has a projected 1.4 WAR, plus 0.5 for Kyle Higashioka and 0.1 for Rob Brantly. Robinson Chirinos projects as a replacement-level backstop.