Yankees manager Aaron Boone says surgery 'is a possibility' for Zack Britton

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Zack Britton about to deliver a pitch in road uniform close crop
Zack Britton about to deliver a pitch in road uniform close crop

Aaron Boone said pregame Tuesday that surgery "is a possibility" for Yankees reliever Zack Britton.

"He's still kind of gathering opinions... it's a possibility," Boone said. "I don't know what [surgery] exactly, I just know that it is possible some kind of surgery could be in play."

Britton was placed on the 10-day IL earlier this week with an elbow sprain that may be more serious than initially thought.

The lefty has had a rocky 2021 season thus far when he's gotten to the mound. In 22 appearances, Britton is 0-1 with a 5.89 ERA and 16 strikeouts over 18.1 innings of work.

Additional injury updates

Boone also gave some updates to other members of the Yankees staff who have been out with injuries.

Gleyber Torres is "ramping up" his swinging down in Somerset, Boone said. "Probably later in the week, start hitting off some velocity and then be in the position to consider rehab games at that point."

Corey Kluber and Gio Urshela are set for a rehab game with Somerset on Tuesday night, and both could return to the Yankees soon."

We'll see, I want to get through today and kind of see where we're at and make that [decision] on what's the best next step for him and for us," Boone said on Kluber.

Urshela will "probably" return for the first game in Oakland later this week -- "If everything goes well tonight, that would be the hope," Boone added.

Domingo German threw and "everything went well there," according to Boone. "I think he's set for a bullpen sometime this weekend, and then if that goes well, he could be close from that standpoint."

Michael King threw in the bullpen with Somerset Monday and is progressing as well.

"I don't know when he's throwing live, but he's almost ready to throw a live session... he's doing well and on his way," Boone said.