Earlier today, the Yankees placed Gary Sanchez on the injured list with a calf strain. Just when you think they couldn’t possibly have any more bad injury news, they never fail to rise to the occasion. Dellin Betances pitched in a simulated game yesterday and it reportedly did not go well. He is being sent for another MRI.
Betances, 31, started the season on the injured list with a shoulder issue. He had a late start to spring training due to the birth of his child. It made sense for him to lag behind the other pitchers for awhile, but his velocity never got up to where it should be and his lack of strength was cause for concern. The original MRI revealed a shoulder impingement.
Of all the Yankees injuries, this one appeared to be the one that would least impact the team given their super bullpen. Unfortunately, the relief corps isn’t off to the best start. Just about every reliever has had at least one terrible outing and we’re only two weeks in. Hopefully the MRI doesn’t reveal anything worse than what we already know. We’ll keep you posted.
Dellin Betances will have another anti-inflammatory shot in his shoulder directly in a spot where he has a pre-existing spur, Brian Cashman says. He'll be down three more weeks with no activity, then 6-7 weeks before he's back with the major league club.— Lindsey Adler (@lindseyadler) April 13, 2019
Wow, this is not what we wanted to hear. It sounds like he won’t return for 9-10 weeks at the soonest. In the meantime, every other reliever better stay healthy.