New York Yankees left-handed reliever Zack Britton has had some truly awful luck this season. First, he missed the start of the MLB campaign after undergoing surgery in March to remove a bone chip from his elbow. While he finally made his 2021 debut on June 12, it's looking like he may already be back out of the lineup.
Britton exited in the eighth inning of the Yankees' 5-3 loss to the Boston Red Sox after throwing a sinker into the dirt. The 33-year-old lefty immediately grabbed his hamstring after throwing the pitch, leading to him limping off of the field. Britton is just the latest Yankee to find himself being held back by injuries this season.
Zack Britton Injury Update
Yankees manager Aaron Boone later said that the team would learn about the severity of Britton's injury sometime on Saturday. Until then, he'll remain day-to-day.
While he's only made five appearances so far this season, Britton is off to a shaky start in his fourth campaign as a Yankee. He has a 4.15 ERA through just 4.1 innings pitched while giving up a home run and three walks during that span. Even though that's a small sample size, it's understandable if Yankees fans are upset about his performance so far considering he didn't allow a home run at all in 19.0 IP last season.
Regardless of how long he's out of the lineup this time, New York needs Britton to be at the top of his game when he returns. The Yankees are currently 5.0 games behind the Tampa Bay Rays for the AL East lead and 4.5 games back of the final wild-card spot.
The Yankees currently have the 3rd-best odds to win the AL East at +250, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, putting them slightly behind the Rays (+170) and Red Sox (+175). Meanwhile, New York's odds to win the World Series are the best in its division at +1300 (6th).
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