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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 4/20/21

Yankees take advantage of Michael King’s options; Hicks to get extra rest; Ford joins the roster in place of Bruce; Injury updates on Voit, Britton and Severino.

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NJ Advanced Media | Randy Miller: Are the Yankees mishandling pitcher Michael King? King has proved himself through two starts and is one of the few Yankees players who has excelled in the team’s disappointing start to the season. Despite his solid performances, King has been sent to the Yankees’ alternate site after each of his two appearances, and now he cannot return to the big league club until April 27. The Yankees are clearly taking advantage of the flexibility King provides in their roster management, since the right-hander still has options left. | Bryan Hoch: Between struggling at the plate and defensive miscues in the outfield, Aaron Hicks has struggled to find his groove in these early days of the season. Yankees manager Aaron Boone has told reporters that he may sit Hicks during the Yankees’ series finale against the Braves on Wednesday. Boone explained that he’s taking it “day to day” with Hicks and believes the extra rest will allow the outfielder to focus on getting himself back on track.

NJ Advanced Media | Brendan Kuty: In light of Jay Bruce’s retirement, the Yankees have recalled first baseman Mike Ford from their alternate camp. Ford is likely to get a significant amount of playing time as the Yankees wait for the return of Luke Voit. Although the New Jersey native struggled at the plate last year, he was one of the Yankees’ best offensive success stories in 2019. One benefit to playing Ford at first base is the addition of another lefty hitter in the lineup.

Sports Illustrated | Pat Ragazzo: Brian Cashman provided injury updates on first baseman Luke Voit, reliever Zack Britton and right-hander Luis Severino. Voit is expected to be back sometime in mid-May, good news for a lineup that could really use Voit’s bat. Cashman also said that Britton will be eligible to come off the 60-day injured list in May and Severino can be expected to return to the mound in “summertime” (May/June/July). The vague prediction for Severino’s return is curious and possibly worrisome, though there isn’t enough information on the state of his rehab process to draw any conclusions from the update.