NEW YORK (AP) — Dellin Betances’ season appears to be over after just eight pitches.
The New York Yankees say the reliever partially tore the Achilles tendon in his left foot when he hopped on the mound after striking out Brandon Drury, the second and final batter he faced in his season debut Sunday at Toronto.
New York manager Aaron Boone said Betances “came down a little awkwardly” and “didn’t think anything of it,” but was sore when he arrived at Yankee Stadium before Tuesday’s game.
Betances was sent for a scan and examined by Dr. Justin Greisberg at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, and he will get a second opinion from Dr. Martin O’Malley at the Hospital for Special Surgery. At this point, the Yankees said the recommendation is to treat the injury conservatively, but the team said the possibility of surgery has not been ruled out.
“It’s about as freak as it can be,” Boone said.
Betances, a 31-year-old right-hander, was diagnosed with an impingement in his pitching shoulder after his fourth spring training appearance on March 17. His rehabilitation stopped when the team said June 11 that he had strained his right latissimus dorsi muscle, and Betances did not start a minor league injury rehabilitation assignment until September.
He is eligible for free agency after the World Series.