Britton picked up a hold Tuesday against Toronto, pitching a scoreless inning during which he surrendered one hit and two walks.
In his second outing of the season, Britton was thrust into a high-stress situation, entering in the bottom of the eighth inning with New York clinging to a one-run lead. The left-hander sandwiched two walks around a single but got Bo Bichette to line out to right field with two outs to escape a bases-loaded jam. It appears that the Yankees are comfortable giving Britton high-leverage work despite his long layoff to begin the season, but his high-wire act Tuesday -- along with the fact that only 11 of his 24 pitches went for strikes -- suggests that the veteran reliever may still be working off some rust.
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.
Britton (elbow) said he could return on the team's next road trip, which is set to begin Tuesday in Minnesota, Brendan Kuty of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.
Britton didn't note a specific target date, but he did mention the upcoming road trip or the following homestand as the time range for his return. The southpaw has missed the entire season up to this point with a bone chip and loose bodies in his elbow. He'll make a few more appearances during his rehab assignment before rejoining the Yankees, likely within the next 10 days.
Britton (elbow) completed one inning for Double-A Somerset on Wednesday, allowing two runs on one hit and one walk while striking out two.
The veteran reliever tossed a scoreless frame in his first rehab outing but was less effective Wednesday. Britton threw only 15 of 27 pitches for strikes and served up a two-run homer. He is slated to make 1-2 more rehab appearances before likely rejoining the Yankees next week.
Britton (elbow) began a rehab assignment with Double-A Somerset on Saturday and is expected to need at least four appearances before returning to the active roster, Marly Rivera of ESPN.com reports.
The veteran lefty underwent surgery in mid March to remove a bone chip and loose bodies from his elbow. His timeline suggests he's still over a week away, but it shouldn't be long before he's back in his setup role in front of Aroldis Chapman
Britton (elbow) will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Somerset on Saturday, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports.
Britton had previously been scheduled to start his rehab assignment back in mid May before suffering a setback. The issue was a minor one, however, as he checked out fine following a doctor's visit and was throwing again within a week. He threw a bullpen session Monday and felt good the next day, so he'll throw one more later in the week before finally embarking on his rehab assignment.
Britton (elbow) may begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Somerset if his next bullpen session goes well, Brendan Kuty of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.
The lefty reliever has yet to pitch this season after undergoing elbow surgery in mid March. He has progressed to tossing bullpens, however, and appears to be on the verge of taking part in a minor-league rehab stint. Manager Aaron Boone indicated Sunday that Britton would likely need five rehab outings before joining the big club, so he isn't likely to return to the majors until early June.
Britton (elbow) will throw a bullpen session Sunday and could begin a rehab stint thereafter, Pete Caldera of The Bergen Record reports.
Britton experienced some soreness after tossing a simulated game earlier this week, but the issue appears to have been minor. If he doesn't encounter any additional setbacks, the left-hander could return in early June. Britton logged a 1.89 ERA and eight saves for the Yankees last season, and he's expected to fill a high-leverage role again upon his return.
Britton (elbow) "checked out well" at Tuesday's doctor visit and may resume his throwing program this weekend, Bryan Hoch of MLB.comreports.
The veteran reliever visited a doctor after experiencing soreness from his recent simulated game, but the setback doesn't appear to be major. Assuming good health, Britton figures to slot into a high-leverage relief role upon returning to the Yankees' active roster.
Britton (elbow) experienced soreness after pitching in a recent simulated game and is scheduled to visit a doctor, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
Britton was expected to begin a rehab assignment Wednesday, but that appears to be on hold for now. The Yankees are hopeful that the setback isn't anything serious, but a new timeline for his return to game action won't become clear until after his doctor visit.
Britton (elbow) is scheduled to start a rehab assignment Wednesday with Double-A Somerset, Erik Boland of Newsday reports.
This marks the next step in Britton's recovery after he threw a simulated game Saturday. Barring setbacks, a late-May return remains plausible for the left-handed reliever.
Britton (elbow) will pitch in a simulated game Saturday, Marly Rivera of ESPN.com reports.
Britton has been out since undergoing surgery to remove a bone chip and loose bodies from his elbow in mid-March. He'll be eligible to return to action in late May and seemingly has a chance to do so if he gets through his simulated game and subsequent rehab outings without setbacks.
Manager Aaron Boone said Saturday that Britton (elbow) is scheduled to throw in a simulated game next week, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports.
Britton resumed mound work last week, and he's slated to take another step in his recovery next week. The left-hander will likely begin a rehab assignment following his simulated game, but he isn't eligible to return to the major-league bullpen until the end of May.
Britton (elbow) threw off a mound Friday, Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports.
Britton underwent elbow surgery in March, and his return to major-league game action isn't imminent. However, his progression to mound work represents a significant step in his recovery process. If all goes well following his return to mound work, Britton could return to the big-league bullpen near the end of May.
Britton (elbow) will throw off a mound when the Yankees return from their current road trip, Max Goodman of Sports Illustrated reports.
Though he remains far from a return to pitching in big-league games, Britton's progression to mound work will be a significant step in his recovery from March surgery. The Yankees next play at home Friday against Detroit, and the southpaw is expected to get back on a mound around that time. He appears on track to rejoin the team's bullpen near the end of May.
Britton (elbow) has started a throwing program and is still expected to return in late May, Brendan Kuty of NJ Advance Media reports.
Britton underwent surgery in mid-March to remove bone chips from his left elbow. According to manager Aaron Boone, the reliever started his throwing program last week at Yankee Stadium and is doing well. "I think the biggest thing with that operation that he had was getting the swelling out of there, making sure the incision was healing properly, getting his range of motion back, which he has," Boone said Sunday. "Now it's starting to ramp up."
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