TAMPA — Even Yankees practices are not immune from injury scares.
Key reliever Zack Britton bruised his right wrist Wednesday morning here at George M. Steinbrenner Field, after taking an Erik Kratz comebacker to the area and getting escorted off the field by retired head trainer Gene Monahan (who still helps the club in spring training), as witnessed by the Associated Press’ Mark Didtler. X-rays and a CT scan were negative. While it was not immediately clear how much time, if any, Britton would miss to heal, the results presented a rare best-case scenario for this snakebitten group.
“It was good news to get,” Aaron Boone said after the Yankees’ 3-1 loss to the Marlins in Jupiter. “… That was a little bit of a relief, obviously.”
Britton was among the many veterans who stayed back to get in some work, only to encounter some unwanted trouble.
“Yeah, no doubt, it’s a bad feeling any time,” the veteran catcher Kratz said of the accident. “You don’t want to hit someone even competing against another guy. Especially when it’s one of your teammates.”
Asked if he felt his team dodged a bullet with this development, Brian Cashman said, “(Britton) didn’t dodge it well enough, a Kratz bullet. Thankfully, the tests came back negative.”
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 George A. King III