Britton retired all three batters he faced while notching one strikeout against the Phillies on Saturday. The left-hander returned to the big club Saturday after missing the Yankees' first 63 games while recovering from spring elbow surgery. Britton struggled somewhat in a string of minor-league rehab appearances but looked good in his major-league season debut, needing only 11 pitches to get through a clean seventh inning. The veteran reliever will likely be eased back into action but should assume a prominent spot in the bullpen pecking order before long.
Britton (elbow) was reinstated from the 60-day injured list prior to Saturday's game against the Phillies. Britton has been sidelined for the first 10 weeks of the season while recovering from an offseason cleanup of his elbow, and he also suffered a setback in mid-May. He gave up six earned runs in 4.1 innings through five rehab appearances. If Aroldis Chapman were ever unavailable or were to lose his grip on the closer's job, Britton would be a top option to step in.
Manager Aaron Boone said Thursday that Britton (elbow) could "definitely" be activated during the current road trip, which runs through June 17 against the Blue Jays, Erik Boland of Newsday reports. The 33-year-old has made four rehab appearances between Double-A Somerset and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barres over the past couple weeks, and he's on the cusp of rejoining the active roster. Britton has been on the shelf since undergoing surgery to remove a bone chip and loose bodies from his left elbow in late March. The veteran lefty has struggled in said rehab outings with six runs allowed over 3.1 innings, so the Yankees may want to give him another appearance or two in the minors before activating him from the 60-day injured list.
Britton (elbow) allowed four runs on three hits and one walk while recording his only out via strikeout Tuesday in an appearance with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Britton was moved up to the Triple-A club to continue rehabbing from March elbow surgery, but he was far from sharp in the outing. The southpaw threw only 13 of 24 pitches for strikes and served up a two-run double as well as a two-run home run. Recent reports have indicated that Britton could return during the Yankees' current road trip, but he figures to need at least one strong rehab appearance before rejoining the club.
Britton's (elbow) rehab assignment was transferred to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday. Reports from over the weekend indicated Britton could return during the Yankees' current road trip, which runs from Tuesday through June 17. He won't be back at the start of the trip, as he'll likely make an appearance or two at the Triple-A level, but he should be back in the big leagues before too long.
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