Britton earned the hold with a perfect inning against Tampa Bay on Tuesday. He struck out one.
Britton was activated from the injured list earlier in the day and was immediately put to the test in the eighth inning. He had no problem setting the Rays down in order, throwing eight of 12 pitches for strikes while lowering his season ERA to 1.80. As expected, Britton slotted back into a setup role upon his return after functioning as the closer in Aroldis Chapman's absence throughout the first half of the season.
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.
The Yankees placed Britton (hamstring) on the 10-day injured list Thursday.
The Yankees are still waiting on the results of Britton's MRI before providing a timeline for his return, but the hamstring strain the lefty sustained in his appearance in Wednesday's loss to the Rays was deemed significant enough to cost him at least a week and a half of action. After going 8-for-8 in save opportunities to begin the season, Britton's fantasy stock was set to take a hit when Aroldis Chapman was activated from the COVID-19 injured list earlier this week. Britton's subsequent move to the IL now clears the way for Chapman to reclaim the closer's gig outright.
Manager Aaron Boone said that Britton will undergo an MRI on Thursday after the reliever suffered a left hamstring injury in his appearance during Wednesday's 4-2 loss to the Rays, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
Britton entered a 2-2 contest Wednesday with two outs in the bottom of the seventh. After getting the Yankees out of the seventh unscathed, Britton came back out for the eighth and gave up two runs (one earned) to get tagged with his second loss. He tweaked his hamstring at some point during the appearance, and the fact that an MRI has been ordered up suggests a move to the injured list could be a real possibility for Britton.
Britton (0-2) has a potential leg injury after taking the loss Wednesday against the Rays as he allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits with one walk and one strikeout while recording two outs, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports.
The veteran southpaw delivered only 13 of his 26 pitches for strikes and was grabbing at his leg before exiting the contest. Manager Aaron Boone didn't offer any specifics on the issue, saying that the team is "looking at" Britton's leg. The 32-year-old should be considered day-to-day until the Yankees update his status.
Britton allowed an unearned run and a hit and struck out three in one inning to earn the save in Sunday's 4-2 win over the Red Sox.
Britton didn't help his cause much -- the one run against him scored on his own fielding error. He's accumulated eight saves, eight strikeouts and a 1.08 ERA in 8.1 innings while filling in at closer. Aroldis Chapman (illness) is set to be activated from the injured list Monday, which will likely bring Britton's time in the ninth inning to an end, but the latter figures to be an efficient setup man going forward.
Britton allowed just one walk in two-thirds of an inning to earn the save in Wednesday's 6-3 win over Atlanta.
Reliever Jonathan Holder allowed a run during his appearance, and Britton came into the game with a three-run lead and Travis d'Arnaud on first. Britton took care of business after walking Freddie Freeman -- the closer retired Marcell Ozuna and Adam Duvall to end the danger. The 32-year-old Britton has a 1.23 ERA, 0.82 WHIP and seven saves in eight appearances this year. His strong pitching has given the Yankees no reason to rush Aroldis Chapman (illness) back. Chapman will likely take over closing duties when he returns, but Britton will remain especially valuable in fantasy formats that count holds.
Britton pitched a perfect ninth inning with one strikeout to record the save Tuesday against the Braves.
The veteran lefty gave up his first run of the season (and took the loss) in his last outing, but he bounced back Tuesday and required only six pitches to retire the side. Britton has given up one run on three hits with a 5:2 K:BB through 6.2 innings while converting all six save opportunities, but his run as closer is likely nearing its end with Aroldis Chapman (illness) closing in on his return from the injured list.
Britton (0-1) allowed one earned run on two hits and a walk to take the loss Sunday against the Rays.
Britton entered the game in the bottom of the ninth inning with the score tied at 3-3. He struggled to find his command, surrendering a leadoff double before throwing a wild pitch and issuing a free pass in the process of allowing the game-winning run to score. Britton has served as the closer in the absence of Aroldis Chapman (illness) and has largely been successfully in the role. However, with Chapman nearing a return, it is unclear how many more save opportunities Britton will see.
Britton retired the side in order without recording a strikeout to earn the save in the second game of the Yankees' doubleheader against the Phillies on Wednesday.
Britton was called upon to protect a two-run lead and needed only eight pitches to do so. He now has five saves and has yet to allow a run in any appearance. While Britton will eventually cede the closer role to Aroldis Chapman (illness), he has performed admirably early on and could receive a few more save chances before Chapman can get fully stretched out.
Britton struck out one in a perfect ninth inning Monday to pick up the save against the Phillies.
He has now allowed one hit and one walk while striking out four across four scoreless innings while notching a save in all four appearances. Aroldis Chapman (illness) threw Monday and will throw a bullpen session within the next two days. Britton is the unquestioned closer while Chapman is away, and he could get enough random wins and saves on days when Chapman is not available to be useful in fantasy for the remainder of the season. After pitching an inning on back-to-back days, Britton may be unavailable for Tuesday's game.
Britton tossed a perfect ninth inning with one strikeout to earn the save in Sunday's 9-7 win over the Red Sox.
Britton has allowed only two baserunners total in his three appearances this season, all of which have resulted in saves. He's been lights-out as the Yankees' closer to start the year but will likely cede the role when Aroldis Chapman (illness) is ready to return.
Britton didn't pitch in Saturday's save situation against the Red Sox because manager Aaron Boone said he "just needed a day," Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports.
The veteran left-hander hasn't seen game action since Thursday, but he got fully warmed up to potentially pitch during Wednesday's and Friday's contests, so Boone is just exercising caution early in the season. Britton should be fully available for Sunday's contest and will continue to be the fill-in closer until Aroldis Chapman (illness) is game ready.
Britton did not allow a baserunner and struck out two batters in a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save Thursday against Baltimore.
Britton needed only 12 pitches to maintain a two-run lead for the Yankees. He now has two saves on the season, with this outing more convincing than his first when he allowed two batters to reach base. Britton should continue to earn save chances for the Yankees until Aroldis Chapman (illness) is able to return.
Britton allowed one hit and one walk but held the Nationals scoreless to earn the save Sunday.
Britton entered the game in the ninth inning with a one-run lead. Things got dicey almost immediately, as he allowed an infield hit to to the leadoff hitter and a walk later in the frame. He was helped when pinch runner Emilio Bonifacio was caught trying to steal third base, and ultimately recorded the final two outs without incident. Until Aroldis Chapman (illness) is able to return, Britton should be in line to receive save opportunities for New York.
Britton was listed by managed Aaron Boone on Saturday as the natural candidate to step into the closer role should Aroldis Chapman (illness) remain unavailable early in the year, Marly Rivera of ESPN reports.
Chapman tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday. Even if he's recovered from the virus by Opening Day, which is less than two weeks away, losing a considerable portion of an already brief summer camp may render him unable to pitch high-leverage innings at the start of the season. Britton, who has 145 career saves under his belt, is a natural deputy. His 3.74 FIP last season doesn't back up his 1.91 ERA, though he's consistently been able to outperform the ERA estimators throughout his career due to his elite groundball rate.
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.
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