TAMPA — With Yankees position players reporting to camp Monday, they can expect to be grilled about the Astros’ sign-stealing saga which may have cost the Yankees a trip to the 2017 World Series and people inside the organization believe played a role in Jose Altuve’s ALCS ending homer in Game 6 last year off Aroldis Chapman.
Outfielders Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner and Aaron Hicks, with catcher Gary Sanchez, are the only position players remaining from the 2017 team that lost Game 7 of the ALCS to the Astros. Sanchez addressed the issue this past week when pitchers and catchers reported.
Hicks, who isn’t expected back at least until June due to Tommy John surgery, surfaced in the Yankees’ clubhouse Sunday and Judge visited the facility during the weekend. They and Gardner are expected to be smothered with questions about the Astros’ cheating in 2017 and whether the trio believes the Astros were stealing signs illegally in last year’s ALCS.
Gerrit Cole wasn’t the only Yankees pitcher to throw live BP on the main field at George M. Steinbrenner Field on Sunday.
Jordan Montgomery, the early favorite to claim the No. 5 starter’s spot, worked two innings as…