Brian Cashman takes stock Dellin Betances Friday night, and it was not positive.
Betances will receive a cortisone injection in the shoulder Saturday and will be closed for three weeks, which means he will no longer be part of the Yankees' training. For six to seven weeks.
The shot will be where there is inflammation around a pre-existing bone spur. Betances returned to New York after struggling to play in a simulated game on Thursday. Cashman said their team doctor was optimistic that the injection would solve the problem.
"On a scale of good news versus bad news, it could have been a lot worse," Cashman said.
It's a blow to a team of Yankees decimated by injuries and whose high price has had some failures.
"Dellin is an excellent pitcher, one of the elite leavers in the league, so there is no question that it is a blow," said Aarone Boone. "It's important for what we do, but in the meantime, we have to make sure that we are working very hard so that our two guys who have a very good track record"
The news comes on the same day as the Yankees put it Gary Sanchez on the list of injured with a stump of veal.