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New York Yankees Player News: Last 24 hours, All Positions

News: Jones was outrighted by the Diamondbacks and returned to the Yankees on Friday.
Impact: Jones joined the Diamondbacks in the offseason after they selected him with the sixth pick in the Rule 5 draft, however, the 27-year-old was returned to the Yankees when the Diamondbacks decided he wasn't worth a spot on the active roster all season. Jones will head straight to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre where he'll likely spend the entire 2017 season.
News: Tanaka has been named the Opening Day starter for the Yankees, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
Impact: This doesn't come as much of a surprise, as Tanaka was clearly the Yankees' best starter in 2016, compiling a 14-4 record with a 3.07 ERA across 199.2 innings (31 starts). He will be followed in the rotation by CC Sabathia and Michael Pineda, with the final two rotation spots up for grabs.
News: Austin (foot) will progress from a scooter to a walking boot Monday as he aims for a return sometime in May, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
Impact: With the offseason acquisition of Chris Carter and a dominating spring from Greg Bird (.432 AVG, six home runs, 11 RBI), Austin may be destined for the minors upon his return. Nonetheless, this is an incremental step in the recovery process and his return date wouldn't put him too far behind the other hitters. After appearing in 31 games for the Yankees last year, expect the highly-touted prospect to make a return to the majors at some point this season.
News: Mitchell is 2-1 with a 3.86 ERA and 19 strikeouts in 18.2 innings of Grapefruit League work.
Impact: Mitchell was in the mix last year in spring training as well, but he suffered a toe injury in the last week of March that ended up sidelining the righty until August. As of now, there look to be two spots unaccounted for in the Yankees' rotation, but there could be as many as six pitchers competing for those roles, so it remains unclear how Mitchell will be utilized. If he doesn't win a spot in the starting rotation on the Opening Day roster, the 25-year-old could be headed back to Triple-A to stay stretched out as a starter.
News: Choi was reassigned to minor league camp Friday, Brendan Kuty of The Star-Ledger reports.
Impact: The former Angel signed with the Yankees hoping to catch on with the big-league club out of camp, but he fell short. Choi could work his way into at-bats later this season as a reserve or an emergency starter, though he sits behind Greg Bird, Chris Carter, Tyler Austin and Rob Refsnyder, at minimum, on the first base hierarchy.
News: McKinney was reassigned to minor league camp Friday, Brendan Kuty of The Star-Ledger reports.
Impact: The former Cubs farmhand could still become a major league starter but suddenly looks a bit lost in the shuffle of a stacked corps of Yankees outfielder prospects. He'll look to rediscover his groove over the course of the season following a .417/.517/.917 spring with three home runs and seven RBI in 29 plate appearances. McKinney probably will start that quest at Double-A Trenton.
News: Gurka was reassigned to minor league camp Friday, Brendan Kuty of The Star-Ledger reports.
Impact: The 29-year-old has allowed 18 runs in 17.1 major league innings and will serve as organization depth out of the bullpen.
News: Fowler was reassigned to minor league camp Friday, Brendan Kuty of The Star-Ledger reports.
Impact: The speedster, who swiped 25 bases in two straight farm seasons, should occupy an outfield spot next to Clint Frazier at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to begin 2017. New York's outfield depth chart is stacked, but Fowler sits near the top in terms of a promotion, so fantasy players should have him on their radars for a possible MLB stint sometime later this year.
News: Frazier was reassigned to minor league camp on Friday, Brendan Kuty of The Star-Ledger reports.
Impact: The Yankees all along have planned on Frazier starting off at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2017. The potential five-category fantasy asset will try improving what amounted to an adjustment period during his debut at the level last year. He split it between the Indians and Yankees affiliates, hitting .228/.278/.396 in 108 plate appearances with the latter.
News: Cessa was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and reassigned to minor league camp on Friday, Brendan Kuty of The Star-Ledger reports.
Impact: The right-hander had an outside shot at breaking camp in the rotation but didn't make the cut after posting a 6.52 ERA. Cessa may wind up an option later on in the 2017 season, though, considering the likely volatility of the back end of the Bombers' starting quintet.
News: Green boasts a 1.50 ERA through 12 innings of work this spring.
Impact: Only two of his five appearances in Grapefruit League action have been starts, but Green's spring performance has been a cut above the other contenders for one of the final rotation spots, so it would appear he's currently on the inside track. The 25-year-old has some experience working out of the bullpen in the majors though, so he could stay up in th big leagues even if he's skipped over in the rotation battle.
News: Warren has a 3.09 ERA and six strikeouts in four appearances (three starts) in Grapefruit League action.
Impact: The Yankees appear to have a wide open competition for the final two spots in the rotation, as none of the candidates have created much separation this spring. Warren has actually fared among the best of the group, but New York has shown a tendency in the past of preferring to use the versatile 29-year-old in more of a swing role, which could result in the righty heading to the bullpen regardless of his Grapefruit League performance.