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Around the Empire: Yankees News - 6/6/15

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Big Mike will skip his next start to preserve innings; Ivan Nova's first rehab start is on Monday; the Yanks will need to add arms down the stretch; and more.

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LoHud Yankees Blog | Chad Jennings: We all knew if Michael Pineda could put together a healthy season he'd be capable of being an ace and one of baseball's best starters. Fortunately, he's managed that thus far in 2015, but that doesn't mean the Yankees aren't feel cautious about him anymore. In order to keep his innings total at a reasonable pace for the season, Big Mike will be skipping his next start.

Daily News | Mark Feinsand: Following the somewhat unexpected DFA'ing of David Carpenter, the Yankees find themselves in the very unique position of having five lefty relievers. It is quite clear that they'll have to add another right-handed arm at some point, but until then it will be on Girardi to figure out how to optimize a bullpen that features Esmil Rogers and Dellin Betances as their lone righties.

NY Post | George A. King III: There's a good chance that a right-handed reliever won't be the only hole the Yanks look to fill. With a thin, injury prone rotation, there are many who believe that a reliable front-of-the-rotation starter will be necessary for the tight AL East race to be locked down. Cole Hamels and Johnny Cueto are two of the more obvious names that come to mind, but how much will their asking prices be?

CBS NY | Sweeny Murti: Speaking of rotation depth, the Yankees have one arm on track to return soon. Ivan Nova will make his first rehab start in Tampa on Monday.

NY Post | Ken Davidoff: Davidoff compares the spending spree of the '13-'14 offseason (Ellsbury, Tanaka, McCann, Beltran) to those of '08-'09 (Sabathia, Teixeira, Burnett) and '07-'08 (Posada, Rivera, A-Rod). Suffice to say, the '13-'14 guys will have to stay on the field more and be more productive if the Yanks hope to see success any time soon.