Britton improved his command in the middle of the 2019 by committing to his slider more often, Pete Caldera of NorthJersey.com reports.
Long one of the premier sinkerball hurlers in the league, Britton pushed his slider usage up to 13.6 percent last season, his highest mark since 2013. The southpaw admits he didn't completely buy into the pitch until last season's All-Star break, but his effectiveness is hard to ignore: opposing batters managed a lone single against the offering in 2019. The increased use of the slider also coincided with a strong second half, as Britton improved his ERA from 2.43 to 1.11 and his K:BB from 26:20 to 27:12 after the break. Expect Britton to continue going to the pitch with more frequency in 2020 as he seeks his fifth career campaign with a sub-2.00 ERA.
Britton (wrist) took part in the Yankees' informal workout Sunday, Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reports.
Even though MLB suspended spring training Thursday, Britton indicated that the "vast majority" of the Yankees roster will continue to go through workouts at the team's facility in Florida in preparation for the season. Given the limited media availability, it's unclear what exactly Britton was able to do Sunday, though he told Pete Caldera of The Bergen Record on Thursday that he expected he would be ready to throw this weekend. Britton suffered a scare Wednesday after being struck by a line drive while throwing a live batting practice session, but he escaped with nothing more than a bruise. He should be fully healthy well before MLB returns from its hiatus.
Britton suffered nothing worse than a bruised right wrist after being struck by a line drive, X-rays and a CT scan confirmed Wednesday.
Britton was struck by a comebacker from Erik Kratz during live batting practice but appears to have escaped serious injury. It's not clear when exactly he'll return to action, but with Opening Day still over two weeks away, he doesn't appear to be at risk for a trip to the injured list.
Britton is undergoing tests on his right wrist after being struck by a line drive while throwing a live batting practice session Wednesday, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
Britton was reportedly in considerable pain when he walked off the mound after getting smoked by a comebacker off the bat of non-roster invitee Erik Kratz. While Britton is fortunate in that injury is to his non-pitching hand, he could be forced to open the season on the 15-day injured list if tests reveal that he's dealing with any sort of structural damage.
Britton's live batting practice session ended early Wednesday after he was struck in the chest or right arm area by a line drive, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
The Yankees' medical staff will examine Britton further before the team likely provides an update on his condition within the next day or two. When healthy, Britton is expected to fill a key setup role in front of closer Aroldis Chapman this season.
Britton (ankle) will be on the Yankees' ALCS roster, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports.
Initial reports indicated that Britton's ankle issue wasn't a major concern, and things appear to be developing in the right direction for the reliever. Expect him to be an important late-inning option for the Yankees against either the Astros or Rays.
Britton (ankle) is expected to be back for the start of the ALCS, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
Britton left Monday's series-clinching win over the Twins with an ankle issue, but the injury is evidently a minor one. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said after the game, "I talked to Zack and our trainer; both of them gave me not even a yellow flag, but more of a green light."
Britton left Monday's Game 3 ALDS game against the Twins in the eighth inning with an apparent leg injury. He gave up one run over 1.1 innings before leaving.
Britton appeared to walk off the field gingerly after covering first base on a play in the seventh inning, though he managed to come back out for the eighth before walking off the field with the team trainer. He gave up a rare home run to a left-handed hitter prior to exiting. The extent of Britton's injury is not yet known.
Britton feels fine after exiting Saturday's game against the Athletics with a calf cramp and expects to be available to pitch in Sunday's series finale, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
Britton appears to have escaped injury after being pulled in eighth inning of Saturday's game following an awkward landing on a pitch to Marcus Semien. The 31-year-old has compiled a 2.15 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 28 holds and a 45:31 K:BB in 58 appearances out of the bullpen this season.
Britton was removed from Saturday's game against the Athletics due to right calf cramping, David Lennon of Newsday reports.
Britton appeared to suffer the injury after landing awkwardly following a pitch to Marcus Semien in the eighth inning. The southpaw seems to have escaped with a minor injury, though he'll likely undergo additional tests following the conclusion of Saturday's game to be sure he isn't dealing with anything potentially more serious.
Britton was removed from Saturday's game against the Athletics with an apparent injury, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports.
Britton appeared to land awkwardly after throwing a pitch to Marcus Semien in the eighth inning and subsequently exited the contest with a trainer. He'll be further evaluated following the conclusion of Saturday's game, at which point specifics regarding the injury should become clear.
Britton (3-1) allowed one run on two hits across one inning but earned the victory in an 8-7 win against the Blue Jays on Wednesday. He was also charged with a blown save.
The Blue Jays scratched out a run against Britton with a passed ball sandwiched between two singles. That blew the lead, but Britton managed to keep the game tied, and the Yankees won with a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth. Britton is 3-1 with a 2.62 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 26 strikeouts in 34.1 innings this season, and he's now 16-for-19 in save opportunities.
Britton walked three batters in a scoreless ninth inning Saturday to record his third save of the season in a 7-5 win over the Astros.
With Aroldis Chapman having pitched two straight days and three of the last four, the Yankees turned to their other high-priced bullpen lefty to seal the win and Britton nearly blew it -- he threw only 13 of 25 pitches for strikes but finally got Tyler White to line out with the bases loaded. He now sports a 2.51 ERA and 25:18 K:BB through 32.1 innings on the year, with two wins and 15 holds to go with his saves.
Britton allowed one hit in a scoreless ninth inning to record his second save of the season Thursday against the Orioles.
Britton got a rare save chance after Aroldis Chapman appeared in two of the first three games in the series and threw a combined 44 pitches. He had little trouble closing the game, quickly erasing a one-out single with a game-ending double play. While he isn't likely to pick up many save opportunities without an injury to Chapman, Britton has managed a 2.42 ERA and 1.21 WHIP with 22 strikeouts across 22.1 innings for the season.
Britton worked a perfect ninth inning Tuesday to record his first save of the season in a 7-5 win over the Angels.
Aroldis Chapman had pitched the last two days, blowing the save Monday, so manager Aaron Boone turned to Britton in this one and the former O's closer got the job done. The veteran lefty's 2.61 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 10:4 K:BB through 10.1 innings so far are solid, and while he won't supplant Chapman on a regular basis, Britton's got a win and three holds in 11 appearances to go along with Tuesday's save.
Britton has yet to yield a run in his five Grapefruit League appearances this spring, striking out three and walking one over 5.2 innings.
It's a small sample size as to be expected with a reliever, but Britton certainly has looked the part of the dominant lefty the Yankees hope he will be coming out of the bullpen this season. He posted a 2.88 ERA over 25 innings after arriving to the club via trade from Baltimore last season, so the 31-year-old is a good bet to provide solid ratios, although he might find save opportunities hard to come by with the presence of Aroldis Chapman along with a handful of other talented relievers in the team's bullpen.
Britton announced on Twitter that he will now go by "Zack," which is his legal first name.
The longtime Oriole -- now Yankee -- went for years by "Zach." It's "Zack" on his birth certificate, but apparently he was never bothered enough by the misspelling to correct people. Britton's mixed-league appeal is minimal heading into 2019, as he will almost certainly enter the year in a setup role in front of Aroldis Chapman. AL-only players should note this change just to avoid any confusion on draft day.
Britton signed a three-year, $39 million deal to return to the Yankees on Saturday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
The lefty threw 25 innings with a 2.88 ERA after a midseason move to New York last season. He'll fill a setup role in front of Aroldis Chapman this season and will have less competition for fill-in saves should Chapman get injured with David Robertson now in Philadelphia. Britton still has the elite groundball rates he had prior to a lengthy spell on the sidelines with an Achilles injury, generating a 73.0 percent groundball rate last season, but his strikeout rate slipped to 20.1 percent while his walk rate climbed to 12.4 percent. He'll need those numbers to trend back in a positive direction if he's to continue to be a shutdown reliever.
Britton struck out the side in a scoreless inning of work to earn his seventh save of the season Monday against the Rays.
In what amounted to a bullpen game for the Yanks, the likes of David Robertson, Aroldis Chapman and Dellin Bentances were each used ahead of Britton, putting him in position to close it out with a three-run lead in the ninth. It was his third save since joining the club roughly two months ago. There is not much clarity as to who will be used in save chances for the Yankees over the final six days of the season.
Britton was charged with one unearned run during the ninth inning against the Red Sox on Tuesday but escaped with the save. He struck out one and walked one.
Thankfully the Yankees entered the ninth inning with a two-run cushion, so the error by Gleyber Torres didn't result in a blown save. The save was Britton's second since joining the Yankees at the July trade deadline, and the 30-year-old is likely to continue pitching primarily in a setup role with closer Aroldis Chapman (knee) set to return later this week.
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