Yankees reliever Dellin Betances has lost a partial tear of his left Achilles' tendon, Jack Curry of the YES Network was among those to report. Betances incurred the injury Sunday in Toronto, per by the New York Times' James Wagner who adds that surgery is currently under consideration. The right-hander will go for a second opinion, according to Wagner .
These figures to conclude an injury-ruined season for Betances, a four-time All-Star setup man whose sole 201
No matter what the future holds for Betances, this is another a monumental injury for a New York club that deals with one after another all season. While the Yankees have barely received any contributions from the likes of Betances, ace Luis Severino (who made his 2019 debut Tuesday) and outfielder Giancarlo Stanton and have battled plenty of other injuries, they nonetheless own the majors' best record at 99-53. The club's on the cusp of its first division championship since 2012, and even though it's shorthanded, it's undoubtedly on a small list of the game's World Series favorites with the postseason around the corner.
It stands to reason the Yankees would boast an even better record with a healthy version of Betances, who was in the elite class of relievers from 2014-18. The usually durable bets made no less than 66 appearances in any of those five seasons, during which he combined for a league-high 373 1/3 innings of 2.22 ERA / 2.26 FIP pitching with 14.63 K / 9 against 3.91 BB / 9. New York's relief corps has a well-weathered storm without its premier pre-ninth inning arm this season, recorded by its overall 4.11 ERA / 4.18 FIP, though it's clearly less formidable without the towering Betances looming.
Relievers Zack Britton Adam Ottavino and Tommy Kahnle have helped fill Betances' void in front of closer Aroldis Chapman this season. They obviously have to continue their standout work into the fall if the Yankees are going to claim their first championship since 2009.