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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 3/31/16

Andrew Miller injured; Cashman keeps his option open; boom-or-bust year; Cashman on the bullpen; Nova's performance gives Sabathia the fifth rotation spot.

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CBS Sports | Rotowire: Andrew Miller left yesterday's game after he was hit by a ball off of his non-pitching hand. It's encouraging that it wasn't his pitching hand, but it's never a good thing to see him in pain. We'll monitor the situation as it develops. | Brendan Kuty: Even though Brian Cashman has said that all of the needs on the roster can be addressed by those in camp, it hasn't stopped Cashman from trying to find help on the market. He offered a minor-league deal to the ex-Met Ruben Tejada, and he offered the same to another ex-Met, Juan Uribe. For now, though, the last utility roster spot goes to Ronald Torreyes.

ESPN New York | Andrew Marchand: This could be a boom-or-bust season for the Yankees, Marchand argues. While the lineup could feature league leaders and the rotation/bullpen could be impeccable, injuries and old age could doom them.

Daily News | Anthony McCarron: In Cashman's eyes, this is a better bullpen on paper, but it probably won't replicate last year's results. Because of regression, there's a good chance adding Chapman only makes up for a probable drop in performance. He has stressed, though, that his desire to keep adding quality arms to the bullpen will have a positive effect in the long run.

LoHud Yankees Blog | Chad Jennings: Ivan Nova's poor performance in late spring (yesterday notwithstanding) could make Joe Girardi's starting rotation much easier. Even though there has been a de facto competition between Nova and CC Sabathia for the fifth rotation spot, Sabathia's salary, experience, and Nova's performance as of late could make Sabathia the easy choice.


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