Betances' fastbabll was sitting in the low 90s during Friday's live batting practice session, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
The right-hander typically takes a while to ramp up his velocity -- last year at this time he was topping out at 86 mph, before eventually averaging 93.6 mph during the abbreviated regular season -- so this is an encouraging start to the spring for Betances. The 32-year-old has yet to rediscover the heat he flashed in his Yankees heyday prior to an injury-riddled 2019, but a return to something close to that form would provide a big boost to a Mets bullpen that will be missing Seth Lugo (elbow) to begin the campaign.
Betances will exercise his $6.8 million player option for 2021 by Sunday's deadline, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.
The 32-year-old battled velocity issues from the spring until the summer and missed most of September with a lat injury, so it's not much of a surprise to see him exercise his option rather than head to an uncertain open market. Betances appeared in 15 games and surrendered 10 runs on 12 hits with an 11:12 K:BB across 11.2 innings during the shortened campaign. The right-hander did rediscover some of his velocity (93.6 mph average fastball) from the low-90s fastballs he was throwing earlier in the year, but the overall mark nonetheless ranks as a career low. Betances still has some have leverage potential but is unlikely to be guaranteed that type of role to begin the 2021 season.
Betances (lat) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list Wednesday, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
Betances was evaluated by the Mets' training staff Wednesday, and they determined that he's healthy enough to return to the bullpen for the final five games of the regular season. The right-hander has a 6.10 ERA and 8:7 K:BB over 10.1 innings across 13 relief appearances this season. Corey Oswalt was sent down to make room on the active roster.
Betances (lat) could be activated from the 10-day injured list Wednesday or Thursday, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
Betances has been on the injured list for just over three weeks with right lat tightness, but he's being evaluated by the Mets' training staff Wednesday. If all goes well in his evaluation, he could be available out of the bullpen for the end of the regular season.
Betances was placed on the 10-day injured list Sunday with right lat tightness, Justin Toscano of The Bergen Record reports.
The 32-year-old took his first loss of the season Saturday after allowing one run on one hit while recording one out against the Yankees, and he'll now make his way to the injured list. Betances will be eligible to be activated Sept. 9, but it's unclear how long he's expected to be sidelined.
Betances (0-1) allowed one run on one hit and one walk while striking out a batter in just a third of an inning Saturday as he was handed the loss against the Yankees.
Betances entered in the bottom of the ninth to try to preserve a tie and send the game into extra innings, but he was unsuccessful in doing so. The right-hander walked Clint Frazier, who advanced to third on a single to right and ended up crossing home plate as the winning run on a wild pitch. Betances has given up runs in only three of his 13 appearances, but he still owns a poor 6.10 ERA and 8:7 K:BB across 10.1 innings this season.
Betances topped out at 92-93 mph with his fastball during a recent simulated game, Tim Healey of Newsday reports.
While manager Luis Rojas stressed that the club didn't have radar readings on the right-hander's work during an intrasquad game Wednesday, it's less than reassuring that Betances hasn't come close to the 98 mph he was averaging a couple years ago with the Yankees. The 32-year-old is still expected to fill a high-leverage role in the Mets' bullpen this season, but after barely pitching during an injury-plagued 2019, Betances has a lot to prove.
Betances faced seven batters in a simulated game Sunday and indicated that he feels healthy and ready to go ahead of the 60-game season, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
Betances had already been cleared for full activities back in the spring, but he looked fairly rusty at that time after a lat injury and a partially torn left Achilles' tendon limited him to just one big-league appearance in 2019. The right-hander indicated that baseball's three-plus-month hiatus allowed him to complete more rehab for the Achilles injury from April through June at Impact Zone in New Jersey, where he was able to throw live batting practice against several other MLB hitters. Manager Luis Rojas seemed similarly encouraged by how Betances looks early in summer camp, as he named the 32-year-old as a potential member of a closer committee that may also include Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia and Seth Lugo.
Betances topped out at 90 mph with his fastball in his spring debut Saturday, David Lennon of Newsday reports.
The right-hander did record his lone out via strikeout, but Betances also walked two batters and gave up a two-run single to the Nats' Ryan Zimmerman. The velocity is far from where he's used to working -- he averaged 97.8 mph on his heater as recently as 2018 -- but after barely pitching last season and getting a late start to camp as he recovered from an Achilles injury, it's not surprising Betances has a lot of rust to shake off. The Mets are still hoping he'll be ready to go for Opening Day, but he'll need to show significant improvement over the next couple of weeks for that to be a realistic timetable.
Betances (Achilles) is scheduled to make his Grapefruit League debut Saturday against the Nationals, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports.
While Betances' velocity hasn't been where he wants it to be during his throwing sessions this spring, he's at least feeling fine from a physical standpoint after he ruptured his left Achilles' tendon last September. After signing Betances to a one-year, $10.5 million deal this winter, the Mets clearly envision the right-hander being a weapon at the back end of the bullpen, but he may be eased into high-leverage work coming off an injury-ruined 2019 campaign. Before suffering the torn Achilles in his lone big-league appearance of the season, Betances had been sidelined with shoulder and lat issues.
Betances (Achilles) isn't throwing with his usual velocity but isn't concerned, Anthony Rieber of Newsday reports.
Betances similarly downplayed velocity concerns last spring but went on to face just two batters in the regular season, first due to a shoulder injury and then because of a torn Achilles tendon. He's still working his way back from that Achilles issue this spring and has yet to make a Grapefruit League appearance.
Betances faced live batters for the first time since partially tearing his Achilles in September, Tim Healey of Newsday reports.
Betances reported no setbacks after the work, saying, "It's always good to get the first one out of the way." He entered camp still limited by his injury, and it's unclear whether he has cleared the hurdles necessary to fully participate in team workouts. Still, this was a step forward for Betances, who expects to be ready to take the mound by Opening Day.
Betances (Achilles) isn't yet fully participating in team workouts, Tim Britton of The Athletic reports.
Betances recorded just two outs last season, missing the majority of the year with a bone spur in his shoulder and getting shut down after his first appearance in mid-September with a torn Achilles tendon. The reliever said upon his arrival to camp that he expected to be ready to go by Opening Day, but for now, he still has some work to do with the Mets' training staff.
Betances (Achilles) said Tuesday that he'd be ready for Opening Day, Justin Toscano of The Bergen Record reports.
A lat injury and an Achilles injury combined to limit Betances to a single big-league appearance last season. A player's optimism about his own health should never be taken as gospel, but it's still good to hear. Whether or not he'll actually be ready for the start of the season should become clear after he begins throwing in spring training games.
Betances (Achilles) agreed to a one-year, $10.5 million contract with the Mets on Tuesday, Andy Martino of SNY.tv reports.
The right-hander suffered an Achilles injury in the middle of September after dealing with a lat injury earlier in the season, but he is expected to fill a key setup role for the Mets and could slide into the closer role if Edwin Diaz's struggles persist. Betances is expected to be ready for spring training.
Betances (Achilles) got a second opinion and will not require surgery, Mike Mazzeo of Yahoo Sports reports.
He will be in a walking boot for a month and will then be reevaluated. The expectation is that he will be ready for spring training, but he is also a free agent after this season, which complicates things a little, as he could probably get a better contract if he is able to throw for teams once fully healthy and looks like his old self.
Betances (Achilles) was placed on the 60-day injured list Wednesday.
The move is purely procedural, as Betances had already been ruled out for the season with a torn left Achilles. Shoulder, lat, and Achilles issues held him to just two-thirds of an inning all season, his final one before free agency. The transaction clears a spot on the 40-man roster for the Yankees to activate Giancarlo Stanton (knee) from the 60-day injured list.
Betances has a partial tear of his left Achilles' tendon, Mike Mazzeo of Yahoo Sports reports.
He apparently landed awkwardly on the mound in his appearance Sunday and went through testing Tuesday. Surgery is not being recommended at this time but he is going for a second opinion, so surgery is not off the table either. Regardless, it's safe to say Betances' season is over. He had only just returned from a shoulder injury that wiped out almost his whole season. He is a free agent this offseason, so this injury couldn't have come at a worse time.
Betances struck out both batters he faced in Sunday's tilt with the Blue Jays.
Betances, making his season debut after a lengthy recovery from shoulder and lat injuries, came on in the fourth inning and made quick work of Toronto, needing a mere eight pitches to strike out Reese McGuire and Brandon Drury. The 31-year-old figures to be eased back into action as he hurled only three rehab innings prior to joining the Yankees. Betances' primary focus is reestablishing his velocity; his fastball topped out at 95 mph Sunday, a significant downturn from the triple-digits he was hitting last season.
Betances (lat) was activated off the 60-day injured list Sunday.
Betances is finally ready for his season debut after battling shoulder and lat issues since mid-March. He recorded a 4:2 K:BB while allowing one earned run in three rehab innings. He dominated hitters to the tune of a 2.70 ERA and a 42.3 percent strikeout rate last season, though he may not be at his full effectiveness right away following such a long absence.
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