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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 10/21/15

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Ian Clarkin returns to the mound, A-Rod an excellent analyst, and Tanaka's bone spur surgery.

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MLB.com | William Boor: Pitching prospect Ian Clarkin missed the 2014 season dealing with an elbow injury, but the 20-year-old is finally healthy and threw four solid innings in the Arizona Fall League the other day. There's also a video feature where Clarkin talks about the recovery process and the excitement of watching his friends Luis Severino and Greg Bird flourish in the majors. Baby Bombers unite!

SI.com | Richard Deitsch: Yes, Alex Rodriguez will most likely draw more eyes to the Fox Sports 1 postseason coverage through his name alone, but his remarkable baseball intelligence is rivaled by very few minds in the game. A-Rod has a lot to offer through his analysis, and it makes plenty of sense for him to be on the crew.

Wall Street Journal | Daniel Barbarisi: Masahiro Tanaka underwent surgery to remove a bone spur in his elbow that was pre-existing, but his UCL might have been what aggravated it and caused him pain. Hopefully the procedure will clear it up.

MLB Daily Dish | Michael Bradburn: What might the Yankees devise as an off-season plan?

LoHud | Chad Jennings: If the Yankees' starting rotation uncertainty seems familiar, it's because the end of the 2014 season also brought such questions. The post-2015 crew appears to be in a little better shape though, despite some suggestions otherwise.