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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 3/5/21

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Yankees’ skipper Aaron Boone has been released from the hospital; Gio Urshela played yesterday and reported no issues with his elbow; Domingo Germán will return to a major league mound today.

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ESPN | Marly Rivera Yankees’ skipper Aaron Boone, who is absent from the team after undergoing surgery to receive a pacemaker on Wednesday, has been released from the hospital and is doing very well, sources told Rivera. Boone will rest for an unspecified period of time, but he is expected back with the club whenever he is deemed ready. Boone had already undergone open-heart surgery back in 2009 when he was with the Houston Astros to fix an issue with his aorta and aortic valve. He thanked fans over Twitter for the well-wishes:

MLB.com | Bryan Hoch Gio Urshela made it back from December surgery to remove bone spurs from his right elbow, as he was the Yankees’ starting third baseman in the blowout 15-0 loss in the hands of the Phillies. He batted second and went 0-for-2 with a strikeout. For him, the next challenge will be regaining strength and timing with his swing and establishing a rhythm before Opening Day. “It felt really good,” said Urshela. “I felt 100 percent, trying to get my elbow ready. Now I’m just trying to get that timing back.”

NJ Advance Media | Randy Miller Today will be the first time since his suspension for domestic violence that Domingo Germán will pitch in a game for the New York Yankees. The right-hander will return to the mound in a Grapefruit League start in Lakeland, Fla., against the Detroit Tigers. “I saw (Germán throw) a couple of bullpens and I saw him for a couple of live BPs,” Yankees interim manager Carlos Mendoza said Thursday. “He looked good. Life on the fastball. Movement. The changeup was good. The secondary pitches were really, really good. Obviously, we are all curious to see him pitch and go out there and perform against big-league hitters.”