Madison Bumgarner’s Game 1 egg-laying has led to Bruce Bochy naming Barry Zito his Game 5 starter in the NLCS. Bochy said “I think we feel it’s time to get Madison a little break.”
Makes sense, but Zito is gonna have to do a lot better than he did against the Reds in the NLDS, where he gave up two runs on four hits while walking four and didn’t make it out of the third inning.
Yankees GM Brian Cashman said on Tuesday that reliever Dellin Betances will begin the regular season on the injured list due to inflammation and impingement in his right shoulder, the YES Network’s Jack Curry reports. Curry adds that Betances will try throwing again in three to five days.
Betances, who turns 31 years old later this month, has allowed two runs on two hits and two walks with four strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings this spring. He has experienced diminished fastball velocity, which is now explained by his injury. The right-hander is coming off of another excellent season in which he posted a 2.70 ERA with 115 strikeouts and 26 walks across 66 2/3 innings.
Fortunately, the Yankees have more than enough depth in the bullpen to withstand Betances’ absence. Aroldis Chapman, Adam Ottavino, and Zach Britton will handle the late innings and Betances will slot back in whenever he is healthy.