Rays pitching prospect Brent Honeywell has been suspended four games for “disciplinary reasons,” Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. It’s unclear exactly what Honeywell did to warrant the suspension.
Honeywell, 22, was taken by the Rays in the second round of the 2014 draft. MLB Pipeline currently ranks him as the Rays’ No. 1 prospect and No. 14 overall in baseball. The right-hander has spent most of his season with Triple-A Durham, posting a 3.80 ERA with a 147/31 K/BB ratio in 118 1/3 innings.
Honeywell is a potential promotion candidate when rosters expand on September 1. It is also unclear if his suspension impacts those chances.
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.