July 1, 2022

New York Yankees reliever Zack Britton (elbow sprain) switched to 60-day IL, ending the season

New York Yankees left-handed reliever Zack Britton, who suffers from a sprained left elbow, was moved to the 60-day injured list on Monday, ending his season.

Manager Aaron Boone said Britton met with Dr Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles on Monday to determine if elbow surgery was needed.

Britton was placed on the 10-day injury list last week after experiencing elbow pain ahead of a rainy game against the Minnesota Twins on August 22. He had an MRI scan which showed “a little tension,” Boone said.

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 arthroscopy to remove a bone chip in his left elbow. Then he spent more time on the injured list with hamstring strain.

The 33-year-old Britton made eight saves and a 1.89 ERA in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season. But he’s struggled this season, going 0-1 with a 5.89 ERA and just one save in 22 appearances while falling out of favor for late-inning situations.

Britton is making $ 13 million this season and the Yankees have already clawed back his $ 14 million option for 2022, potentially preventing him from stepping down from his contract after last year.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.