Yankees: Top reliever declares himself ready, but team will likely bring him back after the break

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New York Yankees’ reliever Zack Britton spent most of the season on the injured list after having bone spurs removed from his pitching elbow. He made his return and pitched a few games, but recently, he suffered another injury, a left hamstring strain.

The Yankees’ southpaw, however, is feeling ready to return after throwing live batting practice prior to Thursday’s game in Seattle.

With closer Aroldis Chapman struggling to throw strikes and on the verge of losing his role, the Yankees could really use Britton in the back of the bullpen. He looked ready by striking out all three hitters he faced yesterday.

“I’m ready if they want to put me in a game right now, but there are pros and cons,” Britton said to NJ Advance Media on the field after the 15-pitch outing. He deemed himself ready to return, but the Yankees don’t necessarily agree.

The Yankees are ‘in no hurry’

“We’re in no hurry,” Yankees bullpen coach Mike Harkey said of Britton, who has just five games under his belt this season. “I’m in no rush and I don’t think we are as an organization. When Zack gets back, we want him here for the rest of the time. He’ll probably do (a live BP) again in Houston. We’ll see how he feels, he’ll have the All-Star break and he’ll be ready to go when we get back.”

While the Yankees certainly could use him against Houston’s tough lineup, Britton says he is fine waiting until after the All-Star break to return.

“I think I’m in a good spot,” he said. “It’s just a matter of what makes sense. I know we’re trying to protect the elbow too. That’s still something to be aware of. Either way, I think I’m fine with whatever happens. It’s just what they want to do. I need to be smart.”

Should the Yankees bring back Britton for the Houston series or is it better to wait after the break?