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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 3/21/19

Severino throws for first time since shutdown; Hicks unsure when he will be ready; the bright side to the slew of injuries lately; Gio Gonzalez’s market never materialized; looking at some of the under-the-radar top prospects

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ESPN | Marley Rivera: Luis Severino took his first step back from the shoulder inflammation that has sidelined him for the start of the season: throwing on flat ground. Sevy threw 25 pitches in the activity, and is loosely scheduled to be back in May according to Brian Cashman. The most crucial detail from the workout was that Severino experienced no pain, and will go again on Thursday hoping to double the workload.

NY Daily News | Kristie Ackert: Another of the Yankees walking-but-can’t-play-baseball boys is Aaron Hicks. His injury may be the most concerning of the many nicks already acquired. Hicks has chronic back pain, requiring multiple cortisone shots already and holding him back from returning to the lineup. The main issue preventing a clear timeline for Hicks to recover is his inability to swing a bat. Once he is able to do that pain free, the way forward becomes clearer.

NY Post | Joel Sherman: There are a couple bright sides to this spat of injuries. In one regard the timing is perfect, because the Yankees open with a weak schedule filled with bottom-tier teams surrounding series with the Astros and Red Sox. Another is that in an ever-demanding season, depth gets tested more and more. The Yankees will have a chance now to give significant reps to their depth, and figure out if they have contributors going ahead. | Brendan Kuty: One of those depth pieces will be Gio Gonzalez, who signed a minor-league deal with the Yankees that could become a $3 million major league contract if he gets promoted before April 20th. It also apparently was the only offer he got over the entire offseason, which for a veteran of Gonzalez’s stature seems wrong. The market is clearly adjusting against older veterans looking for the multi-year deals of the past, but to not get any other consideration as a former All-Star is troubling. | Jonathan Mayo: By now you’re probably well aware of the status of some of the Yankees top prospects, like Estevan Florial, Clint Frazier, and Chance Adams. Mayo took a look at some of the other prospects flying under the radar in the Yankees’ farm, getting insight on guys like Deivi Garcia and Tanner Myatt as camp winds down.