First it was just the usual “slow start.” Then it was shoulder inflammation. Then it was a bone spur (detected when Betances first signed with the Yankees) being the root cause of those problems. Just when things seemed to be getting better for Dellin Betances, the right-hander has once again been shutdown. This time, for having a “low grade lat strain.” He’s expected to be shut down “for a few weeks," according to Aaron Boone.
Friday, Betances was pulled from his rehab and sent back to New York to see team doctors after experiencing soreness in his lower shoulder/lat area. The soreness came up after the 31-year-old threw to hitters for the first time since spring training on Wednesday. He had been rehabbing his shoulder since spring after going through a long bout of being shut down. He had an MRI earlier Tuesday, where doctors detailed what the new issue was.
Boone announced the results after the first game of the split-doubleheader Subway Series matchup with the Mets.