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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 3/16/16

Girardi explains why Lindgren was cut from spring training so early; Shreve looks like he is back to his old self; Who should be the new face of the Yankees?

Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports | Ryan Hatch: The Yankees made their first spring training cuts last week and Jacob Lindgren was one of the most surprising players to be optioned to Triple-A. Yesterday, Joe Girardi explained the team's reasoning behind that decision by pointing to how much time Lindgren missed after having surgery to remove a bone spur from his elbow. He also said that the team thought he was pressing. If he pitches well, he'll be called up to help the Yankees' bullpen at some point.

Newsday | Erik Boland: Chasen Shreve has yet to give up a hit through four and one-third spring training innings. At this point, it appears as though he will be a part of the Yankees bullpen once again. On the topic of his September collapse, Girardi said he thought the reliever got tired, but Shreve said he thought it was mostly mental.

BP Bronx | Ben Diamond: There hasn't been a "face" of the Yankees since Derek Jeter retired. Should Greg Bird be the next Yankee to take over a leadership role?

CBS Sports | Mike Axisa: Speaking of Bird, the first baseman has been giving social media tips to Alex Rodriguez. In return, A-Rod has given out baseball advice.