Yankees’ Zack Britton throws 18 shots in first out of rehab

DETROIT – The Yankees are expected to pick up Zack Britton from the 60 Day IL soon. He’s been out since having elbow surgery to remove a bone chip in March.

On Saturday, Britton threw 18 pitches in the first outing of his rehabilitation mission for Double-A Somerset.

Britton said his elbow felt great after dealing with pain in the incision area following a mock match last week.

But he also needs more work with miners. He said his lead was not as sharp as he would have liked.

Aaron Boone said the Yankees wanted Britton to do about five rehab outings before joining the team.

Darren O’Day, on the IL with a right rotator cuff strain, is still going through a throwing routine, but has yet to take off from a mound.

Zack Britton
Zack Britton

Gio Urshela was out of the lineup in Saturday’s 6-1 loss to the Tigers as Boone seeks to “preserve” his left knee, which has been sore for much of the season.

“We want to make sure it’s not a bigger problem,” Boone said.

Urshela unintentionally made an impact on Friday, when he walked after just three balls in the sixth inning.

After a 2-2 pitch was called a ball, Urshela trotted first and no one noticed until after the game.

Boone said he didn’t realize the mistake until Urshela told him about it later in the game.

“Pretty wild,” Boone said. “Unfortunately, that didn’t put us over the top.”

After his return from IL on Friday and his removal four times, Giancarlo Stanton was not in the lineup on Saturday. Boone said his quad was fine and that Stanton was building himself as he returned to the action. Stanton is expected to be DH on Sunday.

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