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Around the Empire: Yankees News - 2/28/15

Sabathia will pitch in a knee brace; A-Rod taking reps at first base; Ryan injured doing bicep curls; McCann & Tex talk defensive shift strategies

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New York Post | George A. King III: CC Sabathia has started wearing a knee brace on his right knee while he pitches and he will continue to wear it all season long. He says that it's no reason to be alarmed, he isn't feeling pain and that it's just part of his maintenance program. | Bryan Hoch: The Yankees have said that they are interested in using Alex Rodriguez to backup first base some of the time, and he took reps there briefly yesterday. He didn't look very comfortable, but said that Mark Teixeira would be a good tutor.

LoHud Yankees Blog | Chad Jennings: First injury of the year award goes to Brendan Ryan, who strained his back doing bicep curls. Acknowledging the absurdity of the situation, Ryan said: "I don't know what I'm doing (in the weight room) in the first place, you know? What am I going to go from hitting two homers to four?" Exactly.

It's About The Money | Brad Vietrogoski: Brian McCann and Teixeira gave their thoughts on defensive shifts and trying to beat them. Unsurprisingly, Tex said that his plan is to hit home runs, doubles and to walk more, which is part of the reason why his production has decreased the past few seasons.