Yankees consider removing Zack Britton from closer role

CHICAGO – Zack Britton may have blown his last rescue for a while.

Manager Aaron Boone said on WFAN Friday that the Yankees will consider making a change to the closer role as Britton continues to struggle — most recently in Thursday’s loss to the White Sox, when he allowed a game-winning two-run homer to Tim Anderson in the game “Dream Field”.
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Boone said it had been “a consideration” to use Jonathan Loaisiga for the ninth on Thursday.

“We thought the right move once we were in charge was to go to [Britton],’ said Boonen. “We’ll evaluate that as we move forward a little bit as we try to get him back to where we know he can get.”

It was the last shaky outing for Britton, who came in as closer because Aroldis Chapman is on the injured list with an inflammation of the left elbow.

Zack Britton
Zack Britton
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Britton admitted last week that he had thrown “as s–t” for most of the season – and that was before ruining Thursday’s game. Britton has allowed 11 earned runs, 12 walks and two home runs in just 15 ²/₃ innings, while striking out just 12 in over 18 appearances after coming back from an offseason bout with COVID-19, a elbow surgery in the spring and a more recent strained hamstring.

Boone said the key for Britton “just punches in that command” [and] check.”

“Zack Britton has long been one of the best relievers in our sport. Bringing him back to that point with his delivery and confidence will be important to us. We need to figure out how to get him back into that elite role.”

Loaisiga and Chad Green have both been used in safe situations where Chapman was previously unavailable.

Clint Frazier’s rehabilitation assignment was moved from Low-A Tampa to Double-A Somerset on Friday as he tries to recover from an unspecified condition that has sidelined him since June. It’s unclear where Frazier would fit into the Yankees roster, but he still has a minor league option left, so he won’t have to return to the majors after his rehab.

Estevan Florial returned to Triple-A on Friday after becoming the Yankees’ 27th man against the White Sox on Thursday. … Chris Gittens was reinstated from the 10-day IL and optional to Triple-A.

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