The Yankees exercised Britton's $14 million club option for 2022 on Thursday, Andy Martino of SNY.tv reports. The left-hander had the option to opt out of the remainder of his contract ahead of the 2021 season, but he declined to do so. The Yankees ultimately decided to commit to Britton through 2022, leaving them set to pay him a total of $27 million over the next two seasons. The southpaw, who logged a 1.91 ERA and 1.00 WHIP across 19.1 innings pitched in 2020, figures to remain a key component of the Yankees bullpen moving forward.
Britton (hamstring) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list Tuesday. Britton saved eight games while posting a 2.00 ERA in nine innings early in the season before suffering a hamstring strain. Now that Aroldis Chapman is healthy, Britton will fill a setup role going forward.
Britton is expected to return from his hamstring strain within the next few days, Sweeny Murti of Sports Radio 66 WFAN reports. Britton has already spent the minimum 10 days on the injured list, and it doesn't sound as though he'll need to be shelved for much longer, as his recent bullpen sessions evidently went well. He'll fill a setup role for the Yankees upon his return but would likely be the top option to return to a ninth-inning role should Aroldis Chapman suffer an injury.
Britton (hamstring) tossed a bullpen Friday and is set to throw another Sunday before the team makes any final decisions about activating him, Pete Caldera of The Bergen Record reports. Britton was also reported to have run sprints Thursday, so it appears as though he's making daily progress. There has not been an official timeline as to when Britton is expected to return, but the indication is that one may be given as soon he completes his second bullpen session Sunday.
Britton (hamstring) ran sprints Thursday, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports. The 32-year-old remains without a timeline for his return from the left hamstring strain, but it's good news to see him working through a running program. Britton's eventual return to mound work will be a solid indication of when he may be able to rejoin the club.
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