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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 3/29/21

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The rotation is set: Deivi not discouraged; Wilson’s return TBD; Bruce ready to start

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Yahoo Sports | Canadian Press: The Yankees officially announced their starting rotation for the first two series of the season yesterday. We already knew the collection of arms that would be featured, but what was a surprise is the way the club is keeping Jameson Taillon off the mound until the sixth game of the season, after Gerrit Cole’s second start. Managing workload of starters, especially ones coming off lost seasons, is going to be the biggest concern of the club this year, so we should expect more juggling as the season goes on.

New York Post | Dan Martin: One of the guys NOT in the rotation to start the year is top pitching prospect Deivi García. A mix of performance and service time likely played a role in why the 21-year-old was demoted to minor league camp, but to his credit, the right-hander is taking it in stride. In his own words, García is confident that the extra seasoning will benefit him in the long run, and that it won’t be long before he’s back with the MLB club.

New York Daily News | Kristie Ackert: We know the Yankee bullpen will be without Zack Britton to start the year. What we don’t know is whether the relief corps will be missing free agent signee Justin Wilson as well. The lefty was taken out of last Monday’s game with shoulder tightness, and has yet to work out since.

Sports Illustrated | Max Goodman: Oh, yeah, Luke Voit is injured too. With the best first baseman in the American League on the shelf, veteran Jay Bruce will get a chance to start in his place. Bruce is vocally excited about the opportunity and we’ll get an opportunity to see if his bat has any more thump in it after a few down seasons.