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Pinstriped Prospects Weekly Roundup: February 19, 2017

Baseball is back!

Pitchers and catchers officially reported to Tampa earlier this week for the New York Yankees. The long offseason has ended. Spring training has started. The 2017 baseball season is here. By Saturday, the position players had joined their teammates and everyone was camp, except Jacoby Ellsbury, whose wife is pregnant and expecting to give birth any day.

The injury bug has already bit the Yankees. Tyler Austin arrived in camp a month early to prepare for the season, in hopes of winning a spot on the opening day roster. Instead, his foot is in a boot after fouling a ball off it during batting practice earlier in the week. He is expected to be out at least six weeks. Mason Williams will be sidelined for two weeks. He reaggravated a strain in his patellar tendon that had bothered him over the winter.

Off the field, the Yankees suffered a strained relationship. Dellin Betances had his arbitration hearing on Friday. The announcement came on Saturday that he will earn $3 million instead of the $5 million he was seeking. Normally, that would be the end of it. However, in a bizarre turn, Yankees President Randy Levine decided to make public the team’s argument why they believed their all-star reliever was asking for too much.

The ensuing hours brought about an uncomfortable public relations nightmare between Levine and Betances’ camp. Both sides using the media to explain their view. Betances is expected to get past this and has already joined his teammates at the facilities. It seems that the entire situation could have been handled much better. At this point, I bet both sides had wished they could have settled somewhere in the middle and avoided this fiasco.

Today is the first day of full-squad workouts. By this time next week, we will be discussing Grapefruit League action. In the meantime, here are the stories from this past week, in case you missed it.

Pinstriped Prospects unveiled their gear for the upcoming season. The store is open for only a limited time so order yours today.

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