PHILADELPHIA — The Yankees’ bullpen is nearer to being whole for the first time this season after Zack Britton returned from the injured list for Saturday’s game against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.
The left-hander threw a scoreless inning in an 8-7, 10-inning defeat after he missed the first 2¹/₂ months of the season while recovering from elbow surgery during spring training to remove a bone chip.
“I was definitely nervous,’’ Britton said of his season debut. “It’s been a while since I pitched in front of a packed house. It was good to get one out of the way.”
To make room for Britton on the 40-man roster, Mike Ford was designated for assignment and right-hander Brooks Kriske was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to open a spot on the active roster.
Britton said he believes sitting out much of the first half will pay dividends for him down the stretch.
He pitched just 24 ¹/₃ innings last year (including the postseason), but then had COVID-19 during the offseason. He was in the process of building up after the COVID-19 battle when the bone chip was discovered.
Britton said he is…