Zack Britton
RP NYY
Thu 4/30/20 1:37 AM

Britton improved his command in the middle of the 2019 by committing to his slider more often, Pete Caldera of NorthJersey.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Long one of the premier sinkerball hurlers in the league, Britton pushed his slider usage up to 13.6 percent last season, his highest mark since 2013. The southpaw admits that he didn't completely buy into the pitch until last season's All-Star break, but his effectiveness is hard to ignore: opposing batters managed a lone single against the offering in 2019. The increased use of the slider also coincided with a strong second half as Britton improved his ERA from 2.43 to 1.11 and his K:BB from 26:20 to 27:12 after the break. Expect Britton to continue going to the pitch with more frequency in 2020 as he seeks his fifth career campaign with a sub 2.00 ERA.

Zack Britton
RP NYY
Sun 3/15/20 4:38 PM

Britton (wrist) took part in the Yankees' informal workout Sunday, Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

Even though MLB suspended spring training Thursday, Britton indicated that the "vast majority" of the Yankees roster will continue to go through workouts at the team's facility in Florida in preparation for the season. Given the limited media availability, it's unclear what exactly Britton was able to do Sunday, though he told Pete Caldera of The Bergen Record on Thursday that he expected he would be ready to throw this weekend. Britton suffered a scare Wednesday after being struck by a line drive while throwing a live batting practice session, but he escaped with nothing more than a bruise. He should be fully healthy well before MLB returns from its hiatus.

Zack Britton
RP NYY
Wed 3/11/20 1:56 PM

Britton suffered nothing worse than a bruised right wrist after being struck by a line drive, X-rays and a CT scan confirmed Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

Britton was struck by a comebacker from Erik Kratz during live batting practice but appears to have escaped serious injury. It's not clear when exactly he'll return to action, but with Opening Day still over two weeks away, he doesn't appear to be at risk for a trip to the injured list.

Zack Britton
RP NYY
Wed 3/11/20 12:09 PM

Britton is undergoing tests on his right wrist after being struck by a line drive while throwing a live batting practice session Wednesday, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Britton was reportedly in considerable pain when he walked off the mound after getting smoked by a comebacker off the bat of non-roster invitee Erik Kratz. While Britton is fortunate in that injury is to his non-pitching hand, he could be forced to open the season on the 15-day injured list if tests reveal that he's dealing with any sort of structural damage.

Zack Britton
RP NYY
Wed 3/11/20 11:48 AM

Britton's live batting practice session ended early Wednesday after he was struck in the chest or right arm area by a line drive, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Yankees' medical staff will examine Britton further before the team likely provides an update on his condition within the next day or two. When healthy, Britton is expected to fill a key setup role in front of closer Aroldis Chapman this season.

Zack Britton
RP NYY
Wed 10/9/19 12:35 PM

Britton (ankle) will be on the Yankees' ALCS roster, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

Initial reports indicated that Britton's ankle issue wasn't a major concern, and things appear to be developing in the right direction for the reliever. Expect him to be an important late-inning option for the Yankees against either the Astros or Rays.

Zack Britton
RP NYY
Tue 10/8/19 11:15 AM

Britton (ankle) is expected to be back for the start of the ALCS, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Britton left Monday's series-clinching win over the Twins with an ankle issue, but the injury is evidently a minor one. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said after the game, "I talked to Zack and our trainer; both of them gave me not even a yellow flag, but more of a green light."

Zack Britton
RP NYY
Tue 10/8/19 12:06 AM

Britton left Monday's Game 3 ALDS game against the Twins in the eighth inning with an apparent leg injury. He gave up one run over 1.1 innings before leaving.

EDGE Analysis

Britton appeared to walk off the field gingerly after covering first base on a play in the seventh inning, though he managed to come back out for the eighth before walking off the field with the team trainer. He gave up a rare home run to a left-handed hitter prior to exiting. The extent of Britton's injury is not yet known.

Zack Britton
RP NYY
Sun 9/1/19 1:37 PM

Britton feels fine after exiting Saturday's game against the Athletics with a calf cramp and expects to be available to pitch in Sunday's series finale, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Britton appears to have escaped injury after being pulled in eighth inning of Saturday's game following an awkward landing on a pitch to Marcus Semien. The 31-year-old has compiled a 2.15 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 28 holds and a 45:31 K:BB in 58 appearances out of the bullpen this season.

Zack Britton
RP NYY
Sat 8/31/19 4:15 PM

Britton was removed from Saturday's game against the Athletics due to right calf cramping, David Lennon of Newsday reports.

EDGE Analysis

Britton appeared to suffer the injury after landing awkwardly following a pitch to Marcus Semien in the eighth inning. The southpaw seems to have escaped with a minor injury, though he'll likely undergo additional tests following the conclusion of Saturday's game to be sure he isn't dealing with anything potentially more serious.