TAMPA — Even Yankees practices are not immune to injury scares, as key reliever Zack Britton headed for testing after taking a comebacker to his right arm here at George M. Steinbrenner Field.
As witnessed by the Associated Press’ Mark Didtler, Britton walked off the field, escorted by retired head trainer Gene Monahan (who still helps the club in spring training) after the accident. Britton had been throwing live batting practice to teammate Erik Kratz, who said that he believed that his line drive nailed the left-hander Britton in the right wrist.
“Yeah, no doubt, it’s a bad feeling any time,” Kratz said. “You don’t want to hit someone even competing against another guy. Especially when it’s one of your teammates.”
Since the Yankees opened camp last month, they have seen Luis Severino (Tommy John surgery on right elbow), Giancarlo Stanton (strained right calf), Aaron Judge (right rib stress fracture) and Gary Sanchez (bad back and flu) go down with injuries. Britton might be joining that list of distinguished, highly-compensated casualties.