Dellin Betances
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New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances has begun throwing again and is showing patience ahead of his return.

Dellin Betances hasn’t played for the Bombers yet this season. The New York Yankees relief pitcher has dealt with shoulder inflammation and then a low-grade lat strain.

He resumed throwing on Monday for the first time in five weeks. Although his return contains much anticipation, Betances is showing patience as it nears.

“Obviously the team has been playing exceptionally well,” Betances said, per Matt Stypulkoski of “So in a way, there’s no sense of urgency, no sense to kind of rush. These guys are doing a tremendous job, so that gives me that calmness to do what I have to do, take my time to get ready.”

Right now, Betances and the Yankees don’t have a timetable when it comes to the reliever’s return. However, the Yanks would definitely like him back as soon as possible.

Betances is a former All-Star, having made the Mid-Summer Classic four times from 2014-17. In his career with the Yankees, Betances is 21-22 with a 2.36 ERA, having appeared in 357 games.

The Yankees are in a great spot right now as the dog days of summer approach. The Bombers are 59-33, 5.0 games ahead of the second place-Tampa Bay Rays in the AL East.

They must be careful through the rest of this current series, however. The Yanks lost the first game in this four-game stretch against the Rays, and if they lose-out, they’d then only be 2.0 games ahead of them in the division.

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Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.