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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 4/5/21

Aaron Boone explains Giancarlo Stanton’s early absence; Zack Britton at the beginning of his recovery; Deivi García stays in game form at Yankees’ alternate site

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Yahoo Sports | Alex Smith: Aaron Boone provided some important updates, noting that Zack Britton was at the start of his recovery from elbow surgery and would first be working to regain a range of motion with his left arm. Boone also addressed Giancarlo Stanton’s notable absence from the lineup on Sunday afternoon, explaining that he didn’t want the slugger to play in five straight games right off the bat. | Randy Miller: We’re just one series into the season, and Clint Frazier is already receiving some (rather ridiculous) questions about his outfield defense. Frazier did let a lazy fly ball drop in during Corey Kluber’s Saturday start, losing the ball in the sun and making things a little harder on the veteran pitcher. Yet this was just a rough start to a long season, with Frazier coming off a much-improved 2020 campaign in terms of defending. He, and the rest of the team, have a ton of time to get things right.

Conor Foley via Twitter: We got a glimpse of the Yankees’ alternate site roster. The group largely consists of veteran depth that could be called upon in case of injury, such as infielder Derek Dietrich, third catcher Rob Brantly, outfielder Greg Allen, and a number of upper-level prospects. The team will take on the Phillies’ alternate site club throughout the month of April. Yesterday, Deivi García got the start, and gave up one run while recording 10 outs on 73 pitches (though the damage may have been limited by spring training-style “rolling innings”).