Zack Britton Suffers Bruised Right Wrist

Yankees Reliever Was Hit By Line Drive

Alec Gearty
March 11, 2020 - 2:07 pm

New York Yankees reliever Zack Britton suffered a bruised right wrist on Wednesday. 

Britton, entering his third season with the Yankees, was drilled on catcher Erik Kratz' line drive during batting practice. The Yankees revealed further tests including X-Rays and CT scans came back negative. 

“It’s a bad feeling,” Kratz said, via's Bryan Hoch. “You don’t ever want to hit someone, competing against another guy. It’s especially worse when it’s your teammate.”

There was an initial belief Kratz' hit struck Britton in the chest, but the tests proved different. Britton appeared in 66 games last season. He struck out 53 batters and tallied a 1.91 ERA out of the bullpen. 

The Yankees narrowly avoided a serious injury to Britton, as many of their top players remained sidelined. James Paxton threw for the first time on Wednesday since he underwent back surgery in Feburary. 

Luis Severino (Tommy John surgery), Aaron Judge (broken rib) and Giancarlo Stanton (calf strain) highlight those who have already missed the last week of camp. Catcher Gary Sanchez was diagnosed with the flu and is expected to miss the next few days.