Before Saturday night’s game against the Red Sox, the Yankees placed lefty reliever Wandy Peralta on the 10-day IL, retroactive to June 23rd. The team also placed southpaw Zack Britton, who recently returned from the IL only to leave Friday night’s game by hobbling off the mound with a strained hamstring, on the 10-day IL. To fill in for Peralta and Britton in the bullpen, the Yankees recalled righties Albert Abreu and Brooks Kriske from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Fresh off the IL and a rehab stint after undergoing surgery in March to remove bone chips from his elbow, Britton’s return to the IL is an obvious disappointment for the Yanks, as the high-leverage reliever’s return to the team had been highly anticipated and a long time coming. As of Saturday evening, the severity of Britton’s hamstring injury is unknown. Britton left Friday night’s outing after 11 pitches, clutching his left thigh and carefully hobbling down the dugout steps at Fenway. He is scheduled to have an MRI in New York on Monday and the Yankees are presumably waiting for those results before making any announcements or long-term determinations.
Peralta’s last outing was on June 18th. Peralta has been dealing with a “lower-back issue” for about a week, according to Yankees manager Aaron Boone. Per Boone, the team believes being able to backdate his IL stint will benefit Peralta’s healing by giving him an extra few days of rest. Justin Wilson is still rehabbing, so Britton and Peralta going on the IL leaves Lucas Luetge and Aroldis Chapman as the only lefties in the Yankees bullpen. Righty Darren O’Day is also on the rehab trail but not ready to return just yet.