The New York Yankees placed right-hander Jameson Taillon on the 10-day disabled list with a partial tendon tear in his right ankle, while reliever Zack Britton is unlikely to pitch again until 2023 after undergoing surgery. Tommy John, according to manager Aaron Boone.
Boone said Taillon felt ankle sore toward the end of a start Monday when he threw a three-run ball in seven innings in an 8-0 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays. He received a PRP injection this week and was in a walking boot Wednesday and Thursday, Boone said.
Taillon hopes to remove his boot on Friday, and there is a chance that he will only miss one outing. Boone added that there is no concern that Taillon will make the injury worse by putting pressure on him.
“It sounds worse than it is, but your body will tell us what it is capable of handling,” Boone said.
Britton had surgery by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles on Wednesday. They reconstructed the UCL in his left elbow and removed a bone fragment. Boone wasn’t sure of a timetable for Britton’s return, although the typical recovery from Tommy John’s surgery is 12 to 18 months.
Britton, 33, was 0-1 with a 5.89 ERA in 22 games this season and last pitched on Aug. 19. New York has already clinched the $ 14 million option on Britton’s contract for 2022. He can become a free agent after that year.
Taillon is 8-6 with a 4.41 ERA in 27 starts in his first season with the Yankees. Before this year, he hadn’t pitched since May 1, 2019, while with the Pittsburgh Pirates due to Tommy John surgery.
The reeling Yankees are feeling more optimistic about ace Gerrit Cole, who left a start Tuesday with a strained left hamstring. Cole threw balls Thursday and plans to throw a bullpen session on Friday or Saturday with a view to returning to game action on Monday or Tuesday.
The Yankees have lost five in a row and nine of 11 since winning 13 in a row. A 6-3 loss to Toronto on Wednesday left them midgame behind the Boston Red Sox for the first AL wild card.
In corresponding moves for Taillon’s move to the disabled list, the Yankees called up Triple-A Scranton / Wilkes-Barre right-hander Sal Romano and designated outfielder Jonathan Davis for assignment.
Right-hander Michael King is expected to be activated Friday after injuring his right middle finger while lifting weights in July. He pitched three innings in his last rehab start with Scranton / Wilkes-Barre.