July 1, 2022

New York Yankees reliever Zack Britton suffers injury setback and lands on 10 days IT


ATLANTA – New York Yankees reliever Zack Britton suffered another injury setback, ending up on the 10-day injured list Monday with a left elbow injury.

Speaking ahead of the start of an important two-game series against the Atlanta Braves, first Yankees manager Aaron Boone said the team would assess Britton’s condition over the next few days to determine the best course of action.

Britton had a sore elbow before a rainy game on Sunday against the Minnesota Twins. He had an MRI scan which showed “a little tension,” Boone said.

“Now we’re trying to get a number of opinions to make sure everyone is on the same page on the next steps and everything,” Boone said. “We will probably know more in the next few days in this 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 arthroscopy to remove a bone chip in his left elbow. Then he spent more time on the injured list with hamstring strain.

“I know how hard he’s worked to come back, and in the last two outings he feels like he’s building some good momentum so I know he’s frustrated,” said Boone. . “I just feel for him and everything he’s been through this year.”

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 earning $ 13 million this season and the Yankees have already clawed back his $ 14 million option for 2022, potentially preventing him from retiring from his contract after last year.

In another injury setback, Miguel Andújar still suffers from lingering pain from his strained left wrist.

He had played a few games on an injury rehab mission, but was shut down again before the Yankees placed him on the 60-day injured list on Monday.

Andújar played first, third and left field for the Yankees. He has been absent since early July and will not be able to return before September 5.

“He still feels a little something in that area of ​​his hand and wrist,” Boone said. “He saw the doctor again. There is nothing really significant as far as anything that will prevent him [from playing] other than fighting a bit of pain tolerance. But we’re probably going to shut it down for at least a few more days and kind of let the medicine take over. “

Boone said he hoped Andújar could start another rehab mission by the end of the week.

In other moves, the Yankees reinstated right-hander Clay Holmes from the COVID-19 injured list and recalled outfielder Jonathan Davis from Triple-A Scranton / Wilkes-Barre.