New York Yankees: 4 Major takeaways from Yankees 8-7 loss to the Phillies

New York Yankees, Aroldis Chapman

Yesterday late afternoon, the New York Yankees, after failing to sweep the Minnesota Twins, took the field at Citizen’s Bank Park hope to right the ship and get a two-game sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies. That was not to be and now will hope to split the series in a Matinee today before moving on to a three-game series in Buffalo against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Starter Taillon failed miserably

Time may be running out for Jameson Taillon as a Yankee starter. The Yankees, can’t have a starter in the rotation that has an ERA hovering around 6.00. So far he has only one win, the Yankees have lost 8 of his 12 starts. Last night was his worst performance of the season. He went 1/3 of an inning, giving up earned runs and putting the Yankees into a hole they couldn’t recover from.

Taillon would get strikes but couldn’t find the pitch to put hitters out. He threw 34 pitches with only one put out as the Phillies continued to foul off his pitches. In an after-game interview, Taillon said that he feels great, better than he has in a long time. He said he knew the pitches to throw; he just couldn’t execute them. Taillon said it was the first time in his five-year career he left a game in the first inning.

Gutsy Yankee comeback falls short

It was the first inning, not a single Yankees had come up to the plate yet, and they were already 4 runs behind in the game. The often silent Yankee lineup took on the challenge and clawed their way back to a 7 run tie in the ninth inning. They immediately answered the Phillies with 2 runs in the bottom of the first. They got another run in the sixth and eighth and exploded for 3 more runs in the top of the ninth to tie it up.  Unfortunately, Aroldis Chapman took his second loss in a row in the bottom of the tenth.

The New York Yankees had their fifth game in a row, hitting double-digit hits. Gary Sanchez, Rougie Odor, and DJ LeMahieu all hit home runs in the game. One thing that has dogged them all season long was again apparent in last night’s game the Yankees went 2 for 12 with runners in scoring position. The Yankees could have fallen victim to the National League park that put Giancarlo Stanton out of the lineup.

Yankees’ challenge going in the wrong direction

So far in this up and down season, the Yankees are failing to make progress; in fact, they are going in the wrong direction. They are now the farthest behind the East-leading Tampa Bay Rays that they have been this season, in their worst start since 1991. After last night’s game, they are 7 1/2 games behind and 5 1/2 behind the Red Sox. They are even with the Toronto Blue Jays, who they play next week in Buffalo.

The fortunes of the Yankees have switched up a bit. In recent games, the Yankee hitting has seemed more alive than it has all season. But on the reverse side, the pitching, both starting and in relief, is starting to show some cracks. The two main problems are that when the Yankees send out Jameson Taillon, they can almost be assured of a loss. More concerning than that is that the bullpen that has nearly carried the Yankees over the first 40 or 50 games is starting to show wear. Cessa, Green, and Chapman have all imploded in games.

Luis Severino leaves a game injured

During last night’s game in Philadelphia, the New York Yankees got bad news from Brooklyn. Luis Severino left the mound in the Renegades game injured. There is no information on the exact injury or how bad it is. But in the video showing him coming off the field helped by two coaches, he appeared to be in extreme pain.

We do know that a ball did not hit him. It appeared he misstepped after making a pitch, and the pain became immediately evident. In his 1 2/3 innings, some of his pitches neared 100 mph. After the game with the Phillies, Aaron Boone said he was aware of the injury but had few details say that he would go for an MRI on Monday. The Yankees were looking forward to his return to the team in a month or so. Now that may be in question, as the Yankees hope the injury is minor.

Notes:

Zack Britton: After Thursday night’s game in Minnesota, Boone said it was likely the Britton would re reactivated sometime during this road trip. Yesterday, fans were surprised to find that he was activated just hours after that statement and pitched a clean 8 pitch inning last night.

Domingo German takes the mound: In a matinee game today, the Yankees will wrap up their short series with the Phillies. Domingo German will take on the Phillies Aaron Nola. The 1:05 pm game will be televised on the YES Network, NBCSP, and MLBN.com out of market.

New York Yankees: Latest injury update for 9 Yankee players

Although not as bad as the last two years, the New York Yankees have had their share of injuries. But the future looks bright with most injured players being back with the team in the month of July, some sooner. Here are the latest updates.

Zack Britton (Bone chip)

We start off with Zack Britton returning from bone chip surgery as he will be back to the team sooner than any other player on this list. Manager Aaron Boone said on Thursday that Britton is doing well coming off his first rehab game. Boone suggested that Britton would be activated off the IL during this road trip which could be as early as today, but more like will be during the Blue Jays series in Buffalo.

Luis Severino (Tommy John surgery)

After a successful first rehab start (2 2/3 1 run), Severino will make his second rehab start with the Hudson Valley Renegades this afternoon. Aaron Boone has stated that Severino’s starts will be six days apart. He is drawing closer to the return to Yankee Stadium, which is still projected to be in a month or so. He will probably only be built up to 50-60 pitches when he returns and will finish building up over several games, hoping that he will be fully stretched out by the postseason.

Luke Voit (Oblique)

As reported by Aaron Boone, Voit will have his first rehab game at Scranton Wilkes/Barre early next week. He could return to the team after a week of rehab games.

Darren O’Day (shoulder)

MLB.com reports that O’Day has increased his throwing distance to 120 feet on the flat and that he may start throwing off the mound soon. Projected return to the team something before the All-Star break.

Clarke Schmidt (elbow)

Max Goodman of Sports Illustrated has reported that Schmidt has been throwing bullpens. But so far, he is only throwing his fastballs. His projected return to the team is also sometime in July.

Justin Wilson (hamstring)

Aaron Boone stated on Tuesday that Wilson is responding well to treatment of his hamstring injury but did not indicate when he might pitch for the team.

Ryan LaMarre (hamstring)

LaMarre started rehab games this week at Scranton Wilkes/Barre. He could be available to the major league time in a week or two at the most.

Corey Kluber (shoulder)

As of the last update, Kluber is still tossing the ball but has not thrown off the mound. He is still projected to be out until early August if all goes well.

Aaron Hicks (wrist)

The has been no change in Hick’s recovery from wrist surgery. If he returns to the team this season, it likely will not be before September at best.

Yankees get some good news on a pair of injured stars

The New York Yankees took their series against the Minnesota Twins to open the week, even though they were stunned yesterday in the ninth inning and couldn’t complete the sweep. They have suffered some key injuries like Aaron Hicks, but at least they received two positive reports on the injury front in the last few hours.

Yankees’ first baseman Luke Voit, currently on the shelf with a Grade 2 right oblique strain, could potentially begin a rehab assignment on June 13 or June 15, per information provided by manager Aaron Boone by MLB.com.

That way, Voit would then build at-bats throughout the week. Boone also suggested that the slugger, who has missed most of the season with two separate injury list stints, may be able to come back by the beginning of the following week. The two potential dates are June 20 or June 22

The Yankees haven’t been able to enjoy much of Voit, who was last season’s home run leader with 22. A partially torn meniscus put him out of play until mid-May, and after a handful of games, he injured his oblique.

Yankees’ Zack Britton is a possibility for the weekend

Boone told reporters this week that left-handed reliever Zack Britton could “definitely” be back before the end of the Yankees’ road trip.

While the results of his rehab assignment haven’t been great – he recently allowed four runs in one third of an inning in an outing – he has experienced no setbacks, and threw a scoreless inning last night.

The current road trip ends next Thursday with a matchup against the Toronto Blue Jays in Buffalo, so Britton will surely return before that day.

However, there are still internal discussions in the Yankees’ offices about bringing him back this weekend or letting him pitch a couple of additional rehab games before inserting him back in the roster.

Meredith Marakovits reported yesterday that “there is a possibility Zack Britton could rejoin the team in Philadelphia this weekend.”

Yankees’ Zack Britton set to begin rehab assignment; will maintain cool tradition

The New York Yankees have one of the league’s strongest and deepest bullpens, and injury reports from the team suggest that it’s about to get even better soon. Left-hander Zack Britton, one of the anchors of the unit in recent seasons, is close to a return.

To be more specific, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reported that everything is ready for Britton to begin a Minor League rehab assignment with the Double-A Somerset Patriots on Saturday. The southpaw is expected to make five appearances before making his return to the big league roster.

Britton has been out of action the whole season to this point after needing surgery to remove a bone spur in his pitching elbow back in March.

The current estimated time for arrival (ETA) for his return to the Yankees’ bullpen, where he will join lefties Lucas Luetge and Justin Wilson, is early June.

The Yankees’ reliever will take care of Double-A squad

For years, rehabbing MLB players have treated minor leaguers with their company, cool stuff, dinners, presents, tales and anecdotes. It’s part of an old tradition in professional baseball, and the Yankees are no exception.

According to Britton’s comments on Thursday, players at Somerset will be part of this tradition, as well.

“I’m going to be in Somerset for quite a bit, so they’ll probably get tired of me down there,” Britton said. “I’ll make sure I take care of those guys. I know when I was in the Minors and a Major League player came down, you always appreciated those guys, even if it was just lunch or dinner or something like that.”

The Yankees reliever told a story about how rehabbing Orioles hurler Koji Uehara did something similar back in 2010, when Britton was in the minors. The veteran Japanese bought the squad a lavish dinner.

“I thought that was pretty cool. I remember playing with him after that and I told him that I really appreciated the gesture. That went a long way with the guys that were down there, and he didn’t think anything of it. It’s a cool tradition, understanding where you’ve come from,” Britton explained.

New York Yankees receive bad injury news: Giancarlo Stanton, Zack Britton

New York Yankees, Zack BRitton

The New York Yankees have been playing far more efficient baseball as of late, despite falling to the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday afternoon. While the team has experienced better offensive performances, the Yankees have been inconsistent in a few areas. Injuries have taken their toll at times, as slugger Giancarlo Stanton is the latest to go down with a quad strain.

Relief pitcher Zach Britton is also fighting his way back to the team but suffered a setback on Monday during a simulated game.

Two injuries the Yankees are now dealing with:

Zack Britton injury update:

“General soreness,” Boone said. “It could be related to just the normal ramp up of going into a sim game and facing hitters.”

Britton was preparing for his first outing on Tuesday night in Double-A Somerset, but he will likely have to wait a few more days to take that next step in his progression. After experiencing surgery to remove a bone chip from his throwing elbow on March 15, Zack has been slowly rehabilitating.

Giancarlo Stanton injury update:

The Yankees placed Giancarlo Stanton on the 10-day injured list, but who really knows how long he will be out with a quad strain. Injuries in the past have kept Stanton out far longer than anticipated, and after starting the year hitting .282 with nine home runs, he will be missed in the lineup.
He was hosting his lowest strikeout rate since 2017 at 27.8% and slugging .534, his highest since his final season with the Miami Marlins. While Stanton no longer plays defense for the Bombers, it is unfortunate he continues to pick up injuries as the DH.

New York Yankees: Latest injury updates on 10 Yankee players (video)

new york yankees, nyy, giancarlo stanton

Compared to the last two seasons, the New York Yankees have been blessed with far fewer significant injuries. One of the injuries is a carryover from last year. Luis Severino underwent Tommy John surgery, not allowing him to pitch at all last season. Now Severino is just two months away from his expected return. Here is a list of the Yankees’ present injuries and the players’ progress.

Giancarlo Stanton, quad:

Giancarlo Stanton was scratched from last night’s game in Baltimore due to left quad tightness. Stanton has had a history of quadriceps problems. This issue has arisen in his left quad. He previously had right quad problems in the 2019 ALCS. He has not been put on the 10 day IL, and the Yankees have not explained the extensiveness of the injury. We know that Stanton usually does not come back quickly from these injuries if they are serious. The Yankees have to hope that the injury is minor as he is presently their best hitter.

Aaron Hicks, wrist:

The injury to Aaron Hicks wrist may not be a minor as the Stanton injury. Hicks could be out for some time with a wrist injury. They have issued a mixed bag on the injury, saying that he could return after a few days of rest, that he may have to go to the IL, to he may require surgery. If the latter is the case, he will be missing from the Yankees lineup for some time. “I think it could go either way,” is what Aaron Boone said. With Odor, Torres, and Stanton out of the lineup, the Yankee hope he will just need rest.

Gio Urshela, knee:

Gio Urshela is not on the IL and is still playing. During a catch in the Astros series, Urshela injured his knee, falling on it. He missed a few days and returned to the team. In the last game at Tampa, he seemed to run the bases haltingly. Last night he seemed to run better. In an after-game interview, he indicated it was getting better each day.

Gleyber Torres, Covid:

Of the eight positive Covid cases the New York Yankees are dealing with, Gleyber Torres is the only player affected. After being infected with the virus last December, Torres was one of the vaccinated players in April with the J&J vaccine. Wednesday, it was announced that Torres had contracted the virus again. He was placed on the 10 Covid lists. That protocol calls for him to be quarantined for 10 days in Tampa, or if he tests negative for three days in a row, he may be able to return to the team.

Darren O’Day, rotator cuff:

The 38 year old sidearm reliever is on the 10 IL for a rotaor cuff injury. “You talk to any veteran relief pitcher, you’re going to deal with things throughout the year,” Boone said. “This is enough to where it does require a few weeks of shutdown. Hopefully he can get this thing right and still be an important part of our bullpen moving forward.”

Asher Wojciechowski, lat injury:

Asher is now with the Scranton Wilkes/Barre Rail Raiders. He suffered a lat injury at the end of spring training. He has bee day to day and  very little information on his rehab is available, but once he is good to go it is  unlikely he will return to the team.

Zack Britton, Bone chip:

Back in March, Zack Britton underwent surgery to have a bone chip removed from his pitching elbow. Earlier in April, Aaron Boone provided a positive update on Britton’s rehab.

“Zack’s doing really well. He’s got full range of motion. I think he is scheduled to start playing catch as early as this week. … The incision and the swelling and all that, which is the biggest hurdle to clear initially, is going really well for him.

Britton is not eligible to return until the end of this month, depending on his progress.  He will throw off a mound now that the New York Yankees have returned from their road trip, Max Goodman of Sports Illustrated reports.

Robinson Chirinos, wrist:

Robinson Chirinos is now at Triple-A Scranton rehabbing. He is doing well playing in exhibition games and could return to the Yankees in the next two weeks if he is needed.

Clarke Schmidt,

Jordan Horrobin of MLB.com reports that Schmidt has begun throwing again. Schmidt suffered a common flexor strain during spring training. He received a cortisone shot to relieve pain. If pitching off the flat is a success, he will move on to pitch from the mound. There is no timetable for his return. Boone said, “Obviously, it’s going to take a while because he’s starting from scratch essentially, but he’s doing well.”

Luis Severino, Tommy John:

Severino has been throwing off a mound since March 11 and is close to being cleared to face hitters. Manager Aaron Boone said:

“I don’t know his exact date of throwing to hitters. I know it’s mapped out and I’ll try to peek at the schedule here (Thursday or Friday). I know that he’s got a bullpen (Thursday) (April 29) of 35 pitches, so he is getting close.”

Severino was originally expected to return to the mound at Yankee Stadium late in the summer, but that has advanced to him returning very late in June of at least before the All-Star break. This week he was seen at the Tampa complex throwing a batting practice with New York Yankees phenom Jasson Dominguez.

New York Yankees: Latest injury updates on 5 Yankees

New York Yankees, Luke Voit

The New York Yankees have had injuries in the spring and before but have been relatively free of serious injuries that will keep players off the field for prolonged periods. The only serious injury is Luis Severino that his Tommy John Surgery caused at the beginning of last season. Here is a breakdown of the injuries and the latest updates for New York Yankee players and when fans could expect them back with the team.

Luis Severino:

On February 27, 2020, Luis Severino underwent Tommy John surgery to repair his elbow. At the time, it was projected he would be away from the team until late summer 2021. That would include a few minor league rehab starts. But recently, manager Aaron Boone has updated his progress, say that he is doing better than expected in his rehab. Boone has actually caught a session from Severino. He is now expected to be back with the team sometime in mid-July.

Miguel Andujar:

Third baseman and outfielder Miguel Andujar has minor hand and wrist soreness that will keep him away from the team at the beginning of the season and with a difficult-to-diagnose injury, possibly beyond. After his poor showing in spring training, when he does come back, he will most likely be sent down to Scranton and won’t be used unless injuries require him. His expected return is sometime next week.

Luke Voit:

The loss of last year’s baseball home run leader is one of the most significant injuries so far in the spring. Voit had knee surgery in New York. It was first noticed when he had trouble running the bases. An MRI revealed a partial meniscus tear. He is expected to be away from the team for at least another three to four weeks. His absence from the team has been costly hitting wise as well as his defense at first base. His replacement Jay Bruce has not been performing.

Zack Britton:

It was discovered that left-hand reliever Zack Britton has a bone chip in his elbow. He underwent surgery to have it removed on March 15. There is conflicting information on when fans may expect him to return. Some say six weeks; others say two to three months. Based on the worst-case scenarios, he will be back with the team sometime before the end of June. CBS Sports reports that he won’t be back before May 28th.

Clarke Schmidt:

The news on Clarke Schmidt’s elbow injury is not good. He experienced an extensor strain in his right elbow; it’s a common ailment and not long-term serious. Manager Aaron Boone said Thursday that Schmidt’s return to throwing could be “imminent.” However, no matter how minor, he will have to build back up for season play. He was put on the 60-day IL and was expected to be out until at least May 31st. The latest update from Aaron Boone is that he is doing well and might start throwing as early as this weekend. If all is successful, he may return sooner than originally thought.

The good news in all of this is that the last injury report had 8 Yankees on it. Justin Wilson, Michael Tauchman, and Aaron Judge are now back with the team and remain healthy.

New York Yankees: The latest injury updates on 8 Yankees

New York Yankees, Luis Severino

The New York Yankees have had injuries in the spring and before, but have been relatively free of serious injuries that will keep players off the field for prolonged periods. The only serious injury is Luis Severino that was caused by his Tommy John Surgery at the beginning of last season. Here is a breakdown of the injuries and the latest updates for New York Yankee players and when fans could expect them back with the team.

Luis Severino:

On February 27, 2020, Luis Severino underwent Tommy John surgery to repair his elbow. At the time, it was projected he would be away from the team until late summer 2021. That would include a few minor league rehab starts. But recently, manager Aaron Boone has updated his progress, say that he is doing better than expected in his rehab. Boone has actually caught a session from Severino. He is now expected to be back with the team sometime in mid-July.

Miguel Andujar:

Third baseman and outfielder Miguel Andujar has minor hand and wrist soreness that will keep him away from the team at the beginning of the season and with a difficult-to-diagnose injury, possibly beyond. After his poor showing in spring training, when he does come back, he will most likely be sent down to Scranton and won’t be used unless injuries require him.

Luke Voit:

The loss of last year’s baseball home run leader is one of the most significant injuries so far in the spring. Voit had knee surgery yesterday in New York. It was first noticed when he had trouble running the bases. An MRI revealed a partial meniscus tear. He is expected to be away from the team at least until the middle of May.

Justin Wilson:

Left-hand pitcher Justin Wilson was supposed to partially make of for the loss of Zack Britton; he left a March 22 outing with shoulder soreness and tightness. An MRI did not find any serious injury. He is on Anti-inflammatories but will miss the beginning of the season, which is on Thursday of this week. Wilson is progressing nicely and doesn’t want to be in the IL; however, general manager Brian Cashman announced yesterday that he would start the season on the 10 day IL. He will probably return when that expires.

Zack Britton:

It was discovered that left-hand reliever Zack Britton has a bone chip in his elbow. He underwent surgery to have it removed on March 15. There is conflicting information on when fans may expect him to return. Some say six weeks; others say two to three months. Based on the worst-case scenarios, he will be back with the team sometime before the end of June. CBS Sports reports that he won’t be back before May 28th.

Mike Tauchman:

Backup outfielder Mike Tauchman is suffering from a mild self-inflicted injury. Tauchman fouled a pitch off his lower right leg, near his calf, during an eight-pitch at-bat against Phillies starting pitcher Zack Wheeler on Sunday. He is presently icing it down and taking anti-inflammatories. The injury is minor, but his readiness for opening day is questionable.

Clarke Schmidt:

The news on Clarke Schmidt’s elbow injury is not good. He experienced an extensor strain in his right elbow; it’s a common ailment and not long-term serious. Manager Aaron Boone said Thursday that Schmidt’s return to throwing could be “imminent.” However, no matter how minor, he will have to build back up for season play, and he is expected to be out until May 31 after being put on the 60-day IL on Saturday.

Aaron Judge:

Fans were wondering why Aaron Judge was not in yesterday’s New York Yankee’s game after also missing the game before. The good news is that there is nothing seriously wrong with the slugger. He is under the weather. He has gone through the COVID health protocols and has passed those. Both general manager Brian Cashman and manager Aaron Boone said he would be ready to start the season on Thursday. Other sources say that is questionable.

 

 

New York Yankees: 7 Yankee player injury updates

Since the beginning of spring training, the New York Yankees have been blessed with no major injuries to keep players out for the whole season. Although that is good news compared to the last two seasons, the Yankees have not been unscathed. Here are the most recent updates on the Yankee injured players.

Clarke Schmidt:

Schmidt vying for a place in the starting rotation, was hit early in spring training with bad news on that front. He was the first Yankee to suffer an injury in spring training. Schmidt suffered a common extensor strain. No matter how common he will miss significant time. Aaron Boone said that he is making satisfactory progress over the weekend but is still at least a week away from starting to throw again. Once he starts that, a better prediction can be made when he will pitch against live batters.

Zack Britton:

There have been quite a few minor injuries to players this spring training, but nothing compared to the last two seasons. The most devastating blow to the New York Yankees was when Zack Britton developed soreness in his elbow after a bullpen session. He had an MRI, and it was determined that surgery would be necessary to remove a bone chip from this throwing elbow.

This is particularly devasting due to the loss of Tommy Kahnle to the Dodgers. The Yankee did acquire Darren O’Day to ease the loss of Kahnle, but it made Britton’s role in the bullpen even more important as he would be the key setup man for Aroldis Chapman, even closing some games. Although it is unclear, the surgery is expected to occur today in New York by team surgeon Dr. Christopher Ahmad. He will be shut down for a month to six weeks and will have to build back up, making his return to the team sometime in late May or June.

Luis Severino:

Severino pitched in only three games in 2019 ( ERA 1.50) before needing Tommy John surgery; he lost the rest of the season and all of 2020. Now rehabbing, he is expected to rejoin the team in June or July. The recent reports on his progress are encouraging. Over the weekend, Severino, who has been throwing off the flat, took his first pitches off the mound. Bullpen coach Harkey said that Severino has been “working his tail off” to get back to form. Harkey believes he will be 100% upon his return.

Michael Beltre:

Beltre left Friday’s game against Pittsburgh with a hamstring injury, Marly Rivera of ESPN.com reported. The severity of the injury is not known as he consults with team doctors. Beltre posted a .637 OPS in the minors in 2019. So far this season, he had a hit in 11 plate appearances hoping to make the team. Rehab time for hamstring injuries is hard to predict. He could be back next week, or his spring training could be over; it sometimes takes a couple of months to recover fully according to the injury’s severity.

Robinson Chirinos:

With the loss of backup catcher Erik Kratz to retirement, the Yankees needed another catcher. They solved that with the signing of veteran catcher Robinson Chirinos. He has been playing and catching well, but now all his plans are on hold due to getting hit by a pitch last Wednesday. He is consulting with specialists to determine if he will need surgery. If he does, he will be out for some time.

Miguel Andujar:

In May of 2019, Andujar had season-ending surgery on his shoulder for the budding Yankee star. The Yankees needed a replacement at the hot corner, and they brought up Gio Urshela to fill in, a move that would prove unfortunate for Miguel. Urshela was so good he became the Yankees’ permanent third baseman. Last season he fought his way back even though the Yankees had no place for him, and that continued this spring training as he tried to gain a spot in the lineup. All of that is in question with an odd wrist and hand soreness that has become more intense in spring training. Now he is enlisting the services of a hand specialist. With this type of injury, there is no way to tell how long he will be away from the team.

Aaron Boone:

Over the offseason and particularly at the beginning of spring training, New York Yankee manager Aaron Boone felt punk, just not right. At the start of spring training, Boone noticed bouts of being tired and labored breathing. He consulted with doctors, and it was determined that his heart was beating too slowly and would require a pacemaker to correct the deficiency. In his second week with the pacemaker, the good news is that he back with the team and is feeling great, better than in years.

Although not injured, I have to mention that the New York Yankees have to be encouraged that both Corey Kluber and Jameson Taillon seem very healthy and are performing as advertised. The Yankees took a big risk, hiring Kluber and trading for Taillon; both had not pitched for over a year due to injury and surgery.

Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone announces plan to replace Zack Britton in the late innings

New York Yankees, Aaron Boone

New York Yankees’ left-handed reliever Zack Britton is set to undergo surgery to remove bone chips from his left (pitching) elbow, after experiencing some soreness this week after a bullpen session and going for an MRI.

The MRI showed the bone spurs, and the team announced he needs surgery that will knock him out of action for at least a couple of months. He will need rest for approximately six weeks, perhaps more, and after that, he needs to enter a throwing program to ramp up his progression and get himself ready to face major league hitters. It could be May or June until we see the Yankees’ most dependable reliever again.

The Yankees, however, need to replace his late-inning prowess. We are talking about a guy that had a 1.89 ERA last season and filled in admirably for Aroldis Chapman as the closer while he was away from the club last year.

The Yankees will go with a set-up by committee

According to Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone, setup duties will be handled by committee, and the first opportunities will be given to Chad Green, Darren O’Day and Justin Wilson.

“It will probably be more matchup-related about what we have on a given day from a usage standpoint,” Boone said on Wednesday to MLB.com. “We’re trying to put guys in the best matchups possible to be successful, so I would say that sixth, seventh and eighth inning will be very fluid throughout this process.”

Britton is convinced he will return this season to help the Yankees. “Somebody is going to get an opportunity now to pitch some important innings for us,” the pitcher said. “Hopefully, they run with it. I’m hopeful that whoever steps into my role is going to do a great job, and I can concentrate on getting back to the level I want to be back, whenever that is.”

Boone explained that Britton’s absence doesn’t mean he will necessarily have to carry an additional lefty in the bullpen, as Chapman and Wilson are both southpaws. And he also said righty Jonathan Loaisiga’s responsibilities could increase.

“Zack Britton is as elite a reliever as we’ve had over the last five to 10 years, so it’s a blow to lose a guy of his caliber,” Boone said. “That being said, we have a lot of confidence in the people that we do have and the opportunities that this will create until Zack is back. I feel really good about how we’ll be able to navigate it.”