Betances Placed On 60-Day IL With Partially Torn Achilles

Associated Press
September 18, 2019 - 3:40 pm
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Dellin Betances' season is over after just eight pitches.

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The Yankees reliever partially tore the Achilles tendon in his left foot when he hopped on the mound after striking out Brandon Drury, the second and final batter he faced in his season debut Sunday at Toronto. The Yankees placed Betances on the 60-day injured list Wednesday.

Betances appeared to think it was the third out of the inning and landed awkwardly on the artificial turf at Rogers Centre. He had a smile on his face and wasn't aware of the injury.

"It's about as freak as it can be," Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

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Betances was sore when he arrived at Yankee Stadium before Tuesday's game, and the team was concerned when he was unable to get on his toes.

The Yankees said Tuesday the recommendation is to treat the injury conservatively, but the possibility of surgery has not been ruled out.

Even before learning of the diagnosis, Betances spoke with Yankees reliever Zack Britton, who tore an Achilles during an offseason workout in December 2017 while with Baltimore.

"Man, it made me nauseous when I was thinking about it," Britton said. "For it to happen on something so innocent like that, him being excited about a strikeout, is even more frustrating."

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A 31-year-old right-hander, Betances is a four-time All-Star who is eligible for free agency after the World Series.

He was diagnosed with an impingement in his pitching shoulder after his fourth spring training appearance on March 17. His rehabilitation stopped when the team said June 11 that he had strained his right latissimus dorsi muscle, and Betances did not start a minor league injury rehabilitation assignment until September.

Betances entered to start the fourth inning Sunday and struck out Reese McGuire on a 95 mph fastball, then got Drury to take three straight strikes, the last an 84 mph curveball.

"Just sad," Severino said. "He was so happy in Toronto when he pitched that game."

New York's bullpen still includes Aroldis Chapman, Britton, Adam Ottavino, Chad Green and Tommy Kahnle.

"We've been one of the best teams in the sport all season and I would say our bullpen's been one of the overwhelming strengths of this club, and that doesn't change," Boone said. "We know how great he is and what a difference-maker he is, but we certainly have the people there to continue to have our bullpen be a strength."

WFAN.com contributed to this report.