American professional baseball pitcher Zackary Grant Britton (born December 22, 1987), formerly known as Zach Britton until February 2019, is Zackary Grant Britton (MLB). He used to be an outfielder for the Orioles of Baltimore.
After attending Weatherford High School, Britton was selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the third round of the 2006 Major League Baseball draft. In 2015 and 2016, Britton was selected to the AL All-Star team after converting from a starting pitcher role. In 2016, he led the American League in saves.
Britton set an American League record with 60 consecutive saves between September 20, 2015, and August 23, 2017. Britton was sent to the Yankees by the Orioles in 2018.
Zack Britton Injury
The Yankees have officially added reliever Jacob Barnes to their roster. Accordingly, experienced southpaw Zack Britton has been placed on the 60-day disabled list. After leaving yesterday night’s game with a sore shoulder, his season is gone.
Barnes makes the major league roster for the third time in 2022. The 32-year-old started the season off with the Tigers and appeared in 22 games, recording 20 2/3 innings pitched and an earned run average of 6.10.
Barnes had a career-worst 7.7 percent swinging strike percentage and only struck out 11.2 percent of hitters faced. Despite a career-high in ground-ball percentage (51.5%), Barnes was designated for assignment by the Tigers in June due to a lack of swing-and-miss.
The veteran reliever joined the Mariners on a minor league contract and was called up to the big leagues in July. He was active for a few days but didn’t play any role, so he was cut. While on a minor league deal, Barnes returned to Detroit and played a month with Triple-A before being released.
Towards the end of August, he inked a minor league contract with New York and made ten appearances on the mound for the Yankees’ top farm team in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Feel absolutely awful for Zack Britton. At one point one of the most dominant closers we’ve seen. Then injury after injury. Finally returns and then it happens again.
— Ben Verlander (@BenVerlander) October 1, 2022
Although Barnes hasn’t fared well in the majors this year, he has been quite effective in Triple-A, posting a 2.00 ERA in 18 innings of work. Barnes has a 32.9% strikeout rate in the majors compared to a 9.2% walk rate, and he has missed a lot of bats throughout his time there. In 2020 with the Angels, he struck out over 30% of his opponents, and even last season, he had a strikeout percentage of 25.8%, which was much above average.
If Barnes had joined the Yankees before August 31, he may have been included on the playoff roster. Even though he wasn’t on the team’s 40-man roster as of the end of August, New York may still try to get him cleared by the league office so that he can serve as an injury replacement for Zach Britton in the postseason.
Due to the regular incidence of injury exemptions, the Yankees should have little problem keeping Barnes on their roster for the postseason. Barnes is theoretically eligible for arbitration next season now that he’s back on a 40-man roster, but the Yankees will likely remove him off the roster at the end of the year and let him reach minor league free agency.
Barnes’ difficulties at the major league level this year make it doubtful that the Yankees would keep him on the roster, but the team’s pitching staff is dealing with a number of injuries. Yesterday, manager Aaron Boone said that closer Clay Holmes is out with a shoulder issue.
However, he is not expected to pitch again in the regular season and will not be placed on the injured list by New York. The Yankees are optimistic that Holmes will be ready for the start of the ALDS, as relayed by Bryan Hoch but it remains to be seen if that will be the case.
Meanwhile, it appears like Frankie Montas, who was acquired at the trade deadline, will not be available for the ALDS. Two weeks after New York put Montas on the IL with shoulder irritation, Boone stated this morning that it seems like Montas won’t be ready for the Division Series (Hoch link).
While the Yankees have not officially ruled out Montas for the ALDS, manager Aaron Boone has hinted that he will likely return as a relief option for the ALCS if the Yankees advance. Montas is playing catch today.
A 60-day IL stint means Britton will not be available for the postseason. That might mean the end of his four-plus years with the Yankees in a snafu. After being acquired from the Orioles in the middle of the 2018 season, Britton established himself as one of the best late-game weapons for the Yankees.
Up until the end of the 2020 season, he threw 105 and a third innings with a 2.14 ERA, with a grounder percentage of 76.3%. The Yankees avoided Britton’s opt-out and potential free agency by exercising a $14 million option on his services for 2022 at the end of 2021.
While I can see why they made that choice under the circumstances, I can’t say I agree with it now. After struggling with injuries all year, Britton was pegged with a 5.89 ERA in 18 and a third innings last season.
He had Tommy John surgery in September of last year, an injury that kept him out of action until just recently. Britton returned on September 22 and made three outings, allowing runs in each of them, but walking six of the nine hitters he faced before yesterday’s setback.
After two disappointing seasons, Britton will test the free agent market this coming winter. In his limited appearance this month, his fastball velocity was down, and he visibly struggled with tremendous rust from a strike-throwing perspective. Given that the 34-year-old hasn’t looked 100 percent over the past two years, his market value is bound to take a knock.