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Yankees’ Zack Britton out for year in postseason injury blow

Zack Britton’s hopes of pitching in the postseason are over.

The Yankees positioned the left-handed reliever on the 60-day injured listing Saturday after he exited Friday’s outing with “shoulder fatigue.” Britton was simply over 12 months faraway from UCL surgical procedure and pushed the timeline for a return so he may assist the Yankees in the playoffs, however bodily it didn’t work out.

“Basically it’s just something that we’re running out of time here and having a little bit of fatigue, it’s one of those things you don’t want to power through that and reach for more and then do some damage as you’re coming back,” supervisor Aaron Boone mentioned Saturday morning. “But he’s in a good spot heading into the offseason, so just continuing with that.”

Yankees reliever Zack Britton is finished for the season.
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The Yankees known as up former Mets reliever Jacob Barnes from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to take Britton’s roster spot earlier than their sport in opposition to the Orioles.

The 34-year-old Britton, a pending free agent, ended up pitching in three video games, recording two outs and strolling six batters with one strikeout.

“I’m just appreciative of how hard he’s worked to get to this point to give himself a chance,” Boone mentioned. “Obviously coming back quick by Tommy John standards, the rehab’s gone really well. I feel like a lot of things are lined up. It’s just that final sharpness. At this point in the season, just kind of up against it there. But he worked his tail off to put himself in this position and give himself an opportunity. Certainly admire that.”

The Yankees opted so as to add the right-handed Barnes to their roster as a substitute of Miguel Castro or Albert Abreu, who not too long ago completed rehab assignments however will not be activated from the IL.

“Good stuff, good arm,” Boone mentioned of Barnes. “Just wanted that coverage today with what we’re entering into with a doubleheader coming up [Tuesday] and some roster situations. So he’ll likely get in there today.”

Boone mentioned Clay Holmes (shoulder pressure) wouldn’t be occurring the IL as a result of it will take him out of play for the ALDS. Holmes is not going to pitch the remainder of the common season, however the Yankees nonetheless count on him to be prepared simply earlier than the ALDS begins on Oct. 11.

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