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    Zack Britton had a lot to get used to Saturday. It’s been 13 months since he had been on a big-league mound. The lefty had never used the PitchCom system before and he is still trying to find his finite command with his sinker. “Very anxious, you know, warming up and stuff. Good to get that one out of the way,” said Britton, who had Tommy John surgery last year. “I felt fine afterwards. So now it’s about obviously putting together good outings and improving the command. The stuff was actually OK. “Yeah, it’s about getting back to being who I want to be, throwing late in games and contributing, having good innings.” Saturday was a little shaky for Britton, pitching in the sixth inning of the Yankees’ 7-5 win over the Red Sox at Yankees Stadium. Britton walked Rafael Devers, gave up a single to Xander Bogaerts and struck out Alex Verdugo. He then walked Kike Hernandez and Triston Casas to bring in a run. “That’s a hold situation. That’s a tight game. And you know, the heart of their...
    Miguel Andujar is finally free. The Yankee who went from the American League Rookie of the Year runner-up (lost to Shohei Ohtani) in 2018 to back to the minors over the last three seasons was designated for assignment on Thursday to make room on the 40-man roster for Zack Britton before the series opener against the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Andujar, who hit 27 home runs and 47 doubles in 2018, played 149 games that season. He came into 2019 as the Yankees starting third baseman, despite the fact that he was not even average defensively. He suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in the opening weekend of the season and was replaced by Gio Urshela. He never made it back as a regular player. Over the next three years, Andujar played in 93 games hitting eight homers and 25 RBI. Andujar asked for a trade a few times and this year he made it clear he felt he needed to find a new way to the big leagues. “I enjoy playing baseball,” Andujar said through Yankees interpreter Marlon Abreu...
    Zack Britton said he is ready. The Yankees said wait and see and maybe. The lefty reliever who has worked his way back from elbow reconstruction surgery last October is done with minor league rehab appearances. The veteran went through all this for one reason; to help pitch this team to a World Series. “I have the opportunity to and I want to help the team win,” Britton said before Wednesday night’s game against the Pirates at Yankee Stadium. “We have a really good team. I mean it doesn’t impact my future. I’m healthy. I know if I’m healthy, the future for me will be fine. The reason why I kind of push things is because I want to pitch this year for this team to help them win for no other reason. So there’s no benefit for me personally, other than the fact that maybe I can have an impact on a World Series championship team. That’s really the only goal for me at this stage of my career. I’ve gotten my contract. I am 34 years old. My...
    OAKLAND — Zack Britton left his second rehab appearance after just 10 pitches Saturday night. Pitching for the low Class-A Tampa Tarpons, the left-hander, who had elbow reconstruction surgery in October, apparently grimaced in mid-throw and the ball fell out of his hand. Britton, clearly frustrated, kicked the ball before walking off the field, according to a source at the game in Clearwater. Britton hoped to return next month and pitch in the major leagues. He had just begun his rehab assignment last week and was on a very limited pitch count of 15. The 34-year-old Britton is in the last year of his contract with the Yankees. He made just 22 appearances last season before he was shut down to have the surgery, which is Tommy John surgery but where they also place a brace inside the elbow around the ligament. Britton has 154 career saves and had a 1.89 ERA in 2020, his last full season. While the Yankees may not have been counting on Britton, he would have been much-needed veteran help for a bullpen that has already...
    Yankees News, 8/31: Zack Britton’s season painfully comes to an end, Corey Kluber implodes but shows life Alexander Wilson August 31, 2021 Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter Share on reddit Reddit After winning 13 consecutive games, the New York Yankees have lost their last three games, two coming against the Oakland Athletics and their latest against the Los Angeles Angels. Unfortunately, the Tampa Bay Rays continue to win, putting the #1 spot in the AL East further and further away in the standings. The Bombers currently sit 7.0 games back from Tampa, and they have a long road ahead if they want to secure a guaranteed spot in the postseason. Luckily, they are 2.0 games above the Boston Red Sox in the Wild Card, which would indicate a one-game playoff series to determine who continues forward. However, the team will be without one of their most important players, relief pitcher Zack Britton. While Britton hosted 5.89 ERA on the season, he has dealt with injury this year that has dragged...
    ATLANTA (AP) — New York Yankees reliever Zack Britton has sustained another injury setback, going on the 10-day injured list Monday with a strained left elbow. Speaking before the start of an important two-game series against the first-place Atlanta Braves, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said the team will evaluate Britton’s condition over the next few days to determine the best course of action. Britton had some pain in his elbow before a rained-out game Sunday against the Minnesota Twins. He underwent an MRI that showed “a small strain,” Boone said. “Now we’re in the process of getting a number of opinions to make sure everyone is on the same page about next steps and everything,” Boone said. “We’ll probably know more over the next few days in that regard.” The injury was just the latest in a string of ailments that have plagued Britton this season. He didn’t make his season debut until June 12 after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to remove a bone chip in his left elbow. Then he spent more time on the injured list with a...
    Yankees News: Bad injury news for Zack Britton, Miguel Andujar fighting his way back Alexander Wilson August 23, 2021 Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter Share on reddit Reddit The New York Yankees are preparing to take on the Atlanta Braves on Monday evening in the first game of a two-game series which will conclude on Tuesday. Starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery will take the mound, hosting a 3.77 ERA with 9.13 strikeouts per nine this year. Over 22 games, Montgomery has pitched 119.1 innings, more than his past three seasons combined. In Jordan’s last outing on August 17 against the Boston Red Sox, he lasted 4.2 innings, allowing five hits and three earned runs, striking out six batters. Over his last five starts, Montgomery has given up just four runs, which has helped the Yankees tremendously in their quest to make a comeback in the AL East. However, the Bombers are dealing with a few injuries this week, as they placed left-handed pitcher Zack Britton on the ten-day injured list with...
    Yankees: Top reliever declares himself ready, but team will likely bring him back after the break Andres Chavez July 9, 2021 Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter Share on reddit Reddit New York Yankees’ reliever Zack Britton spent most of the season on the injured list after having bone spurs removed from his pitching elbow. He made his return and pitched a few games, but recently, he suffered another injury, a left hamstring strain. The Yankees’ southpaw, however, is feeling ready to return after throwing live batting practice prior to Thursday’s game in Seattle. With closer Aroldis Chapman struggling to throw strikes and on the verge of losing his role, the Yankees could really use Britton in the back of the bullpen. He looked ready by striking out all three hitters he faced yesterday. “I’m ready if they want to put me in a game right now, but there are pros and cons,” Britton said to NJ Advance Media on the field after the 15-pitch outing. He deemed himself ready to...
    More On: new york yankees Simulating an all-time modern Subway Series Old-school MLB stats shouldn’t be dismissed: Sherman Key Yankee injured again Yankees starter’s disastrous season hits new low One of the Yankees’ strengths — their bullpen — took a significant hit Saturday. Before the Yankees faced the Red Sox at Fenway Park, they placed left-handed relievers Zack Britton and Wandy Peralta on the 10-day injured list. For Britton, it’s another setback in what has so far been a lost year. He didn’t make his regular-season debut until June 12 after having surgery to remove bone chips from his left throwing elbow, and now a left hamstring strain has shelved him again. Peralta, meanwhile, had been a pleasant surprise for the Yankees until a recent shaky outing, but now his season is on hold, too, due to a lower back strain. He hasn’t pitched in over a week because of the ailment. “Based on what we saw [Friday] night, I feel like the news is better than we thought,” Boone said, referring to Britton. “But we just thought, especially...
    More On: new york yankees Yankees starter’s disastrous season hits new low Little things cost Yankees in big way against Red Sox Yankees still aren’t ready for prime time All-time Yankees bust shows up to honor retired Red Sox Zack Britton’s frustrating season hit another snag Friday night at Fenway Park. The Yankees reliever exited the 5-3 loss to the Red Sox in the eighth inning after suffering a hamstring injury. On his final pitch of the night, an 89 mph sinker, Britton grabbed at the back of his left leg and immediately came up limping as he began to make his way to the dugout. Manager Aaron Boone and a trainer met him halfway but he came out of the game after recording only an out and throwing 11 pitches. “We’ll know tomorrow,” Boone said of the severity. “We’ll know whether it’s a cramp, whether it’s a strain, whatever. Hopefully it’s nothing too serious, we’ll have to see. But, yeah, definitely some feel for Brit in that spot knowing what he’s been through to get back.” Zack Britton...
    More On: new york yankees MLB crackdown hasn’t been too kind to Yankees Naked at Jay-Z’s birthday, too drunk to throw: Inside CC Sabathia’s struggles with alcohol Yankees infielder’s drop in production has been drastic Yankees star slams MLB over ’embarrassing’ optics Zack Britton had not pitched in nearly a week heading into Wednesday after manager Aaron Boone said the left-handed reliever experienced soreness that led the Yankees to stay away from him Sunday. Britton, who had elbow surgery during spring training after battling COVID-19 during the offseason, is still building up to full strength. “The surgery wasn’t that long ago and I had no spring training, so it’s kind of an uphill battle,’’ said Britton, who has thrown three scoreless innings since his return on June 12. “It doesn’t mean I can’t have success. You just have to grind through it.” Britton said he’s still building up strength and stamina and added that he hopes to be back to normal by the time the All-Star break is over next month. “It’s part of the process,’’ Britton said before...
    More On: new york yankees Yankees pitcher exits rehab start with new injury worry Bet against the Yankees in this one Yankees have to seriously consider these trades: Sherman These five Yankees need to step up and help save season PHILADELPHIA — The Yankees’ bullpen got closer to being whole for the first time this season when Zack Britton returned from the injured list before Saturday’s game against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The left-hander missed the first 2 ½ months of the season while recovering from elbow surgery during spring training to remove a bone chip. “I was really excited when I got up this morning at the team hotel,’’ Britton said prior to the game. “It felt like my Opening Day.” To make room for Britton on the 40-man roster, Mike Ford was designated for assignment and Brooks Kriske was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to open a spot on the active roster. The Yankees’ season hasn’t gone according to plan so far — they entered Saturday just three games over .500 — but the bullpen hasn’t...
    Yankees get some good news on a pair of injured stars Andres Chavez June 11, 2021 Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on reddit Share on email The New York Yankees took their series against the Minnesota Twins to open the week, even though they were stunned yesterday in the ninth inning and couldn’t complete the sweep. They have suffered some key injuries like Aaron Hicks, but at least they received two positive reports on the injury front in the last few hours. Yankees’ first baseman Luke Voit, currently on the shelf with a Grade 2 right oblique strain, could potentially begin a rehab assignment on June 13 or June 15, per information provided by manager Aaron Boone by MLB.com. That way, Voit would then build at-bats throughout the week. Boone also suggested that the slugger, who has missed most of the season with two separate injury list stints, may be able to come back by the beginning of the following week. The two potential dates are June 20 or...
    More On: new york yankees Aroldis Chapman implosion costs Yankees sweep Good for MLB’s sticky-stuff whistleblower: Sherman Diving deeper into Gerrit Cole’s ‘sticky’ situation Michael Kay suggests Twins star deserved a ‘broken rib’ MINNEAPOLIS — Zack Britton could rejoin the Yankees’ bullpen very soon, perhaps as early as Saturday in Philadelphia. The left-hander threw a scoreless inning in a rehab appearance for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Thursday, bouncing back from his previous outing, when he allowed four runs and only retired one batter. Britton has been out all season after battling COVID-19 during the offseason before undergoing elbow surgery to remove a bone chip during spring training. Aaron Boone said before Britton’s appearance Thursday there was “definitely a chance he’s back on this road trip. We’ll see how he’s doing [Friday]. He’s getting toward the back end, or end, of his rehab assignment.’’ Zack BrittonN.Y. Post: Charles Wenzelberg The Yankees have gotten by without Britton with the help of other lefties, including Lucas Luetge, who pitched effectively again in Thursday’s 7-5 loss to the Twins at Target Field. see also...
    More On: new york yankees Yankees’ tantalizing prospect stay lasted just a day Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez’s HRs help Yankees salvage split These Yankees contracts are looking even more disastrous: Sherman Blue Jays rookie dominates Yankees in loss to open doubleheader Nearly two months after spring training ended, Zack Britton is about to get his expedited version. The lefty reliever, who underwent surgery to remove a bone chip from his left elbow during camp, will begin a rehab assignment Saturday with Double-A Somerset. “I feel really good, really excited for Saturday,” Britton said Thursday before the Yankees’ doubleheader split against the Blue Jays. “Just trying to build up my innings, my arm strength as I go forward in the assignment. … I guess it’s not a full spring, but I’m trying to take the approach the same way I would in a normal spring.” Britton was about to start a rehab assignment last week when he experienced soreness after throwing in a simulated game. The veteran said Thursday that it was due to scar tissue building up from the...
    More On: new york yankees Yankees pitcher’s injury shows MLB’s humbling nature Former Met starter shuts down Yankees Yankees’ win streak ends as Corey Kluber exits with injury The Yankees’ center field plans behind Brett Gardner The Yankees were without Giancarlo Stanton again on Tuesday, as the DH remained on the 10-day IL with a strained left quad even though he was eligible to return. Manager Aaron Boone called Stanton’s availability during the series against the Blue Jays, which runs through Thursday in The Bronx, “a possibility.” Stanton took batting practice on the field on Sunday, but still needed to run the bases. “We’re making sure we’re past this and getting through the final couple days and getting back to playing speed,’’ the manager said before Tuesday’s 6-2 loss to Toronto. Stanton last played on May 13 at Tampa Bay. He followed up his torrid stretch, when he went 25-for-52 with 10 extra-base hits during a 12-game hitting streak by going just 3-for-22 with a double, four walks and nine strikeouts in his next six games before going down...
    More On: new york yankees Why Yankees star’s injury absence is even more alarming One perfect fit and 7 other outfield trade options for Yankees: Sherman Another Yankees star joins growing injured list Breaking down Aaron Judge’s resurgence ARLINGTON, Texas — Zack Britton’s return from elbow surgery has been slowed, with the left-hander reporting soreness following his simulated game in Scranton, which took place Saturday. Aaron Boone initially said the outing went well and Britton was scheduled to pitch in a game with Double-A Somerset Wednesday, with a handful more outings before a potential return by the beginning of June, when he is eligible to come off the 60-day IL. But on Monday, Boone said Britton was scheduled to get checked out by doctors after “dealing with a little soreness after the sim game.” Boone added Britton may be pushed back “a couple days. We’ll just see.” The manager didn’t pinpoint the area or origin of the soreness. “It’s general soreness,’’ Boone said. “It could just be related to the normal ramp-up of the sim game and facing hitters....
    Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone announces plan to replace Zack Britton in the late innings By: Andres Chavez March 11, 2021 ShareTweetFlipRedditNew York Yankees’ left-handed reliever Zack Britton is set to undergo surgery to remove bone chips from his left (pitching) elbow, after experiencing some soreness this week after a bullpen session and going for an MRI. The MRI showed the bone spurs, and the team announced he needs surgery that will knock him out of action for at least a couple of months. He will need rest for approximately six weeks, perhaps more, and after that, he needs to enter a throwing program to ramp up his progression and get himself ready to face major league hitters. It could be May or June until we see the Yankees’ most dependable reliever again. The Yankees, however, need to replace his late-inning prowess. We are talking about a guy that had a 1.89 ERA last season and filled in admirably for Aroldis Chapman as the closer while he was away from the club...
    TAMPA, Fla (AP) — New York Yankees left-handed Zack Britton is scheduled for surgery Monday to remove a bone chip from his pitching elbow and seems likely to be out until at least May. Britton will not be able to throw for several weeks while the incision heals after the operation by Yankees head team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Britton will then need to build arm strength. “It’s going to get taken care of and I’ll be able to pitch this year and help the team. And so that’s the most important thing,” he said Wednesday. “Could I rehab through it and possibly come back and it wouldn’t impact me? There was a chance. But we like the chances better of me coming back this season and pitching at a high level if I just got it removed now. If this was during the season, I’m not sure surgery would be the decision.” Left-hander Aroldis Chapman is the Yankees’ closer, and manager Aaron Boone said he will mix and match during the sixth, seventh and eighth...
    TAMPA — Zack Britton has already dealt with a bout with COVID and is scheduled to undergo surgery to remove a bone spur in his left elbow Monday, but he’s thankful for the fact he should be back on the mound for at least the second half of the season. “It’s disappointing,” Britton said Wednesday of being sidelined for three-to-four months by the arthroscopic surgery as he built up slowly following a January COVID diagnosis. “I came in [to camp] having lost a lot of weight from COVID in the offseason, a little bit behind anyway,” Britton added. “So adding this to that, it’s been a pretty frustrating couple of weeks. But I’m gonna get it taken care of and I’m gonna be able to pitch this year and help the team. That’s the most important thing.” The 33-year-old left-hander further detailed his COVID battle, saying he believes he got it while at the hospital while he and his wife were having a baby. “So that made it even worse,” Britton said. He said he lost about 18 pounds and...
    TAMPA — After dealing with a battle with COVID-19 during the offseason, Zack Britton is now fighting an elbow injury. The left-hander underwent an MRI exam Monday after he experienced soreness following his bullpen session on Sunday, according to Aaron Boone. Yankees reliever Zack Britton underwent an MRI on his left elbow.N.Y. Post: Charles Wenzelberg The manager said it was his “understanding” the injury does not involve the UCL — which could lead to Tommy John surgery — but the team would know more later Tuesday. Britton told The Post on Saturday about his COVID illness, which occurred in January and caused him to lose a lot of weight. The illness “set him back a little bit in his build-up [to spring training],” Boone said. “He was just trying to get his weight up. He’s been throwing pretty well early in spring, but after the bullpen the other day, which was successful and he didn’t feel anything, it was after the fact [the soreness began].” Filed under new york yankees ,  zack britton ,  3/9/21
    Ocasio-Cortez raises $1 million for Texas relief, plans trip to Houston Op-Ed: Collapseologists are warning humanity that business-as-usual will make the Earth uninhabitable Zach Britton made it clear this week that he is not thrilled about the New York Yankees welcoming back Domingo German after an 81-game suspension, and the veteran reliever stood by his remarks when a fan went after him on Twitter. © Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports Apr 4, 2019; New York Yankees pitcher Zach Britton (53) pitches the eighth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.  German did not play last season after he was suspended 81 games for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy. The starting pitcher has since returned to the Yankees, and Britton was asked about that on Thursday. Britton said you “don’t get to control who your teammates are” and that he disagrees with what German did. Zack Britton on Domingo Germán's return to the Yankees: "Sometimes, you don't get to control who your teammates are. I don't agree with what he did, I don't think it...
    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — On Domingo Germán’s first day back with the New York Yankees following a domestic violence suspension, he received a conversation with manager Aaron Boone over an Instagram post. “Everything is over,” Germán wrote in Spanish on Wednesday. Germán deleted his posts, then wrote: “I’m ready” in Spanish. “Certainly we’re paying attention to that stuff,” Boone said Thursday. “When I first heard about it last night and saw it and it was brought to my attention, I was taken aback a little bit and immediately concerned, but do feel like maybe a little bit out of context, a little bit overblown. “And I am comfortable that he is he’s doing fine and doing well and ready to compete. But it is something that we’ll continue to watch and as best we can try and make sure that he’s in a good place. But I had the conversation about trying to be as smart and choosy as we can being about some of the things we’re expressing publicly.” Germán was 18-4 with a 4.03 ERA in 2019...
    New York Yankees: Zack Britton is determined to bring a championship back to the Bronx By: Andres Chavez November 23, 2020 ShareTweetFlipRedditFor the New York Yankees, securing the services of Zack Britton for the next two seasons was a slam dunk. A sure thing, a needed development. After all, how many relievers can pitch seven seasons with the highest ERA being 3.10? Not too many, right? The left-hander has been the model of consistency not only since he came to the Bronx, but ever since he made the transition to the bullpen back in 2014, when he was with the Baltimore Orioles. In 2020, he was one of only three relief pitchers that New York Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone could trust at all times, alongside Chad Green and Aroldis Chapman. He pitched 19.0 innings of a 1.89 ERA and a 2.61 FIP, with a 3.38 SIERA. When Chapman was out with a bout of COVID-19, Britton filled in admirably as the team’s closer. Britton didn’t take his return for granted, according...
    New York Yankees: Blake Treinen could be the perfect Tommy Kahnle replacement By: Nick Nielsen November 20, 2020 ShareTweetFlipRedditIt seems as if for however good of a bullpen the New York Yankees have, it can always get better. While a back-end of Britton, Ottavino, and Aroldis Chapman is still amongst the best in baseball, why not bolster it further. Tommy Kahnle officially hit FA a couple of weeks back, after declining an option to the minors proposed by New York. The jury is still out on whether the team decides to bring him back on a multi-year deal for cheaper, but as of now, he’s fielding interest. While losing Kahnle to his injury hurt the team — as prior to him getting hurt, he was one of the most dominant out of the arsenal of arms — it allowed guys like Jonathan Loaisiga and Mike King to see some innings. Although that alone didn’t crush this team, going forward, it should be a hole that should see addressing. A great potential plug for...
    The Yankees might look to cut costs this offseason, but Zack Britton — perhaps their best arm in the bullpen — is coming back for two more years. The Yankees had until three days following the World Series to pick up Britton’s $14 million option for 2022, and they did that Thursday, according to a source. If they hadn’t, Britton could have opted out of the $13 million he is due for 2021 and would have become a free agent. The move was hardly a surprise, considering how well Britton pitched this season, but given the economic state of the game due to the impact of COVID-19, nothing can be taken for granted. The Indians, for instance, placed their closer, Brad Hand, on outright waivers Thursday in an effort to save a $1 million buyout. Hand is due to make $10 million next year. Britton will turn 33 in December, but the lefty was excellent both filling in for Aroldis Chapman at closer and throughout the regular season and playoffs. Brett Gardner and Zack BrittonPaul J. Bereswill, Getty Images Brett...
    At 12:01 on Wednesday morning the clock started ticking on several key issues facing the Yankees. Free agency begins the day after the World Series ends. Players can’t sign with a new team until Monday when trades can start to be made. Contract options can be exercised or not within five days of the World Series’ Tuesday ending. Here are five of the most important issues facing the Yankees. 1. DJ LeMahieu Retain free agent DJ LeMahieu, their most complete player, who will command a significant raise of the two-year, $24 million contract that ended with him leading the majors in hitting with a .364 average. Like all teams, the Yankees’ finances took a hit in 2020 but unless the competition blows the Yankees out of the water, keeping LeMahieu, who will almost surely will get the $18.9 million qualifying offer, in The Bronx should be priority No. 1. 2. Masahiro Tanaka Bring free agent Masahiro Tanaka back to slot in behind staff ace Gerrit Cole as either the No. 2 or No. 3 starter and then explore ways to...
    Zack Britton has said he’s more effective when he works often. Yankees manager Aaron Boone gave him his wish in the ALDS. The left-hander came back after getting five outs in Game 4 on Thursday and entered in the sixth inning of Friday’s Game 5 against the Rays. Again on Friday, Britton got the job done — but it came in a season-ending defeat, as the Yankees lost, 2-1 at Petco Park in San Diego. Though he wasn’t as overpowering as he was on Thursday, when Britton needed just 22 pitches in 1 ¹/₃ innings, he fought his way to get the final two outs of the sixth in relief of Gerrit Cole and the first two outs of the seventh before Aroldis Chapman came in. Britton made it interesting in the sixth after Cole allowed a long fly ball to Randy Arozarena to lead off the inning that Brett Gardner brought back to prevent a go-ahead homer. Zack BrittonCorey Sipkin Britton allowed an infield single to pinch hitter Mike Brosseau and then walked Yandy Diaz. But he recovered and...
    Zack Britton made his return from a strained hamstring on Tuesday and pitched a perfect eighth in the Yankees’ 5-3 win over the Rays at the Stadium. “It’s been 10-12 days since I’d been in a game,’’ said Britton, who had last pitched Aug. 19. “It was good to get out there in a close game and preserve that for [Aroldis Chapman] and get the win. It was a good first time out.” The Yankees also got more catching depth with Kyle Higashioka back from an oblique injury. He went 0-for-3. Though there still is no timetable for when Aaron Judge (calf) or Giancarlo Stanton (hamstring) might be back, Gleyber Torres could be just days away. It won’t be a moment too soon for a Yankees team that is relying on Tyler Wade — and potentially Thairo Estrada — to fill in at shortstop in Torres’ absence. Aaron Boone said Torres could be heading to the team’s alternate site in Scranton in the next few days to play some simulated games and get at-bats. Zack BrittonN.Y. Post: Charles Wenzelberg...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City New York Yankees reliever Zack Britton has been placed on the team’s 10-day injured list after suffering a left hamstring strain Wednesday night against Tampa Bay, the team announced Thursday.  He joins the company of outfielder Aaron Judge, second baseman DJ LeMahieu, and designated hitter/outfielder Giancarlo Stanton as notable Yankees who have been bitten by the injury bug yet again. The strain is believed to have come from an awkward play where Britton ran to cover first base in the eighth inning, one where he dropped a toss from the diving Luke Voit, setting up the Rays 4-2 victory while pitching through the apparent injury. “It seemed like it maybe tightened up and then he felt it a little bit on the last couple pitches of the inning,” manager Aaron Boone told media Thursday morning while Bitton was undergoing an MRI. In the ninth inning of that game, Boone entrusted recent call-up Miguel Andujar to pinch hit for outfielder Mike Tauchman...
    New York Yankees: Bad injury news hits Zack Britton By: Alexander Wilson August 20, 2020 PrevPreviousYankees’ Gerrit Cole storms out of dugout after Aaron Boone pulls him from game ShareTweet0 SharesThe New York Yankees fell to the Tampa Bay Rays 4-2 on Wednesday evening, but the bad news came after the game. Relief pitcher Zack Britton lasted just two outs before being pulled. As he left, he clutched his leg in pain. Following the game, manager Aaron Boone stated that they were running tests on Britton, and they wouldn’t have an answer until Thursday morning. Unfortunately, the news was once again bad. Britton suffered a hamstring injury, which can be difficult to return from. Luckily, the Yankees recently gained back Aroldis Chapman from injured reserve. Chapman had been dealing with COVID-19 symptoms but has finally returned and at the perfect time with Zack going down. So far this season, Britton hosts a 2.00 ERA with nine strikeouts over nine innings pitched. He now joins a long list of injured Yankees, which...
    The Yankees’ already strong bullpen figures to get even better Monday. That’s when they expect to get Aroldis Chapman back from the COVID-19 injured list. “The thought is he’ll be here [Monday],’’ Aaron Boone said Sunday. Zack Britton has performed well in the closer’s role in Chapman’s absence and picked up his eighth save in as many chances in Sunday’s 4-2 win over the Red Sox, but Boone is looking forward to having the lefty flamethrower to go to in the ninth inning. “To get [Chapman] back at the back end [of the bullpen], I’m really excited about that,’’ Boone said. “The trickle-down [effect] it has is to move other high-leverage guys and it makes us a little bit deeper back there. It’s not just about [Chapman] and his greatness, but also where it slots other guys and gives you better options throughout the game.” Chapman has been on the COVID-19 IL since the season began. He tested negative for the coronavirus during the intake program but positive afterward. The 32-year-old finished with 32 saves last year and is in...
    Aroldis Chapman is close to reclaiming his role as Yankees closer. After testing positive for COVID-19 early in July, Chapman is now reportedly free of the virus and is eligible to return to the Yankees on Friday, according to ESPN’s Marly Rivera. A player needs two consecutive negative tests before being permitted to rejoin a team. Chapman, a six-time All-Star, has missed the team’s first five games, with the team turning to Zack Britton as closer in his place. Britton has picked up two saves in a pair of scoreless appearances in the Yankees’ 4-1 start. Submit your Yankees questions here to be answered in an upcoming Post mailbag It is unclear how long it will take for Chapman to return to the bullpen, having been on the injured list since July 11. “The only thing I can tell you is that we are thankful he is doing well,’’ general manager Brian Cashman said recently. “He would want me to report that. He is doing well given the circumstances he was diagnosed with COVID. When he has passed...
    New York Yankees Gain Back Flamethrowing Closer After Negative COVID Tests By: Ryan Garcia July 31, 2020 PrevPreviousYankees’ reliever Brooks Kriske can now say he is a major leaguer: “I wasn’t going to quit” ShareTweet0 SharesAfter contracting COVID-19 before the start of the season, Aroldis Chapman has been cleared to join the team. While the Yankees haven’t imploded in the bullpen they certainly missed their closer in the 9th inning of close games. The news was broken by ESPN’s Marly Rivera earlier today. The Yankees have their bullpen replenished and with uncertainty regarding Tommy Kahnle, it’s good to have another lockdown arm back. This takes the pressure off of Zack Britton and allows for the Yankees to have him in his usual setup or middle relief roles. With more rest for your relievers, you can have security if a starter goes down or gets shelled early. The bullpen shapes up to be Adam Ottavino and Zack Britton as the setup arms and Aroldis Chapman closing, though we don’t know if Aaron...
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