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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 2/28/16

German has a strained flexor muscle and edema in his elbow; Eovaldi thinks this is a World Series team; Gardner is now expected to be ready by Opening Day.

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LoHud Yankees Blog | Chad Jennings: Domingo German underwent an MRI yesterday and the good news is that his pain is not Tommy John-related. Joe Girardi said he has a strain in his flexor muscle and an edema in his elbow.

New York Post | Steve Serby: In this interview with Nathan Eovaldi, he discusses everything from his favorite movies to his game plan this season. He also thinks the team will win the World Series.

Newsday | David Lennon: One of the players that the Yankees signed to a minor-league contract is outfielder Cesar Puello. Formerly a top prospect in the Mets' organization, Puello was one of the lesser known names busted during the Biogenesis scandal.

New York Post | Joel Sherman: Here's what CC Sabathia, Carlos Beltran and Mark Teixeira need to accomplish if they want to be voted into the Hall of Fame.

MLB.com | Greg Zeck: Brett Gardner has progressed to taking swings in the batting cage, using the tee and soft toss. He thinks he will be able to take live batting practice next week, and both Gardner and Joe Girardi expressed confidence that he will be ready to play by Opening Day.