Yankees' Zack Britton takes final step in rehab before returning to bigs

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Zack Britton throws pitch against Rays in Game 4 of ALDS
Zack Britton throws pitch against Rays in Game 4 of ALDS

Yankees LHP Zack Britton began the last step in his rehab from elbow surgery, as the lefty's rehab assignment was moved to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday night.

Britton, who had previously been with Double-A Somerset, had a rough outing on Tuesday with the RailRiders, allowing four earned runs on three hits with a walk and a strikeout while recording just one out.

Britton threw 24 pitches, 13 of which were strikes.

The last time manager Aaron Boone discussed his veteran reliever he was encouraged by the reports he was getting from the minors.

“Brit came out well,” he said last Thursday. “I actually talked to him five minutes ago inside. He felt good, felt like his stuff ticked up. So I think he’s encouraged. He said normal post-game soreness today, but I felt he was really encouraged, and stuff ticked up a bit.”

The Yankees, mired in a rough stretch at the moment, can use all the reinforcements they can get – even if the bullpen hasn’t been the root of their issues.

Britton underwent elbow surgery prior to the start of the 2021 season. If he can return to his normal, effective, sinker-baller self, the back end of the bullpen with Aroldis Chapman will be solid for a team that is struggling to close games out at the moment.