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Yankees pitcher Zack Britton begins rehab assignment

Mar 16, 2022; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Zack Britton (53) looks on works out during spring training practice at George M Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

New York Yankees left-handed reliever Zack Britton begins a rehab assignment with Class A Tampa on Wednesday.

Britton is scheduled to throw 15 pitches for the Tarpons in his first game action since Aug. 19, 2021, prior to Tommy John surgery on his left elbow.

“He really just wants to start getting into the games and into the competition of those things,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Tuesday. “Like tomorrow will probably be three hitters regardless and [they’ll] get him out. The first couple of outings will be like that, and then we’ll see how we are.”

Britton, 34, is a two-time All-Star who has served as a closer and setup man. But he pitched with a bone spur in his left elbow in 2021 and recorded a 5.89 ERA in 18 1/3 innings before being shut down.

He underwent elbow surgery on Sept. 9, and said the reason he had the surgery was to contribute to the Yankees this season.

“If everything goes as planned, hopefully that’s in the cards for me,” Britton said.

–Field Level Media