The New York Yankees are losing Dellin Betances to a partially torn Achilles after just eight pitches and two strikeouts for the righty.
This just hasn’t been Dellin Betances‘ year. The righty flamethrower is falling victim to the injury bug yet again. Once thought of as an option for the New York Yankees in the postseason, Betances is now dealing with a partially torn Achilles.
— YES Network (@YESNetwork) September 18, 2019
“So when he jumped on the mound the other day, I think he came down a little awkwardly,” manager Aaron Boone told reporters. “I don’t think thought anything of it. Didn’t even say anything at the time and when he came in today, he was just sore.”
My only guess to when Dellin Betances suffered his Achilles injury is when he thought he had gotten three outs: pic.twitter.com/K8ZwuHiznA
— Max Wildstein (@MaxWildstein) September 18, 2019
What a shame for Betances. He battled through injuries all season long to make it back onto the field for the stretch run. He finally arrives and it’s over after eight pitches.
To make matters worse for the Bronx native, he’s entering free agency for the first time this summer. This twist of fate will certainly affect Betances this winter.
As for the Yankees, Betances is one less option for the postseason. Boone will be relying heavily on the bullpen in October and Betances could have been a major weapon to deploy in key spots.
Luckily for Boone and the Yankees, the bullpen is loaded with talent. Aroldis Chapman, Zack Britton, Adam Ottavino, and Tommy Kahnle are solid options for New York out of the pen.
Not to mention, Luis Severino threw four innings of scoreless baseball on Tuesday. While it looks like the Yankees are building him up to be a starter, he has experience as a reliever and could be used in a variety of roles in a do-or-die game.
This is dreadful news for Betances all the same.