Last weekend Yankees reliever Dellin Betances suffered a partial tear of the left Achilles tendon, ending his season. The Yankees announced today that Betances will avoid surgery and should be ready for spring training in 2020.
Betances is already unavailable for the postseason, but he will become a free agent the first of November. The relatively good prognosis is good news for him in that it’ll make finding himself a deal for next season a bit easier if his new team will not have to be without him early in the season.
Betances, 31, missed all but one third of an inning of work this season due to shoulder and lat injuries and now this. He was a top reliever over the previous five seasons, however, so he should have multiple suitors willing to take a chance on him this winter.
Per The Athletic’s Matt Gelb, Phillies starter Zack Wheeler will miss at least two starts when his wife goes into labor and gives birth to their first child, expected to be later this month. Wheeler, in fact, is not sure if he will return to play at all once their child is born.
Wheeler said, “We just have to see how things are here at the field and at the stadium. I’m happy with what I see so far. But things could change, especially once our baby’s born. I always think about what’s going on around me. Is it safe? Is it OK? Literally every single day. I have to just ask myself that. I’m going to continue to keep asking myself that every day.”
Wheeler, 30, inked a five-year, $118 million contract with the Phillies in December. He is slated for the No. 2 spot in the rotation behind Aaron Nola. Last season, with the Mets, Wheeler posted a 3.96 ERA with 195 strikeouts and 50 walks over 195 1/3 innings.
The No. 5 spot in the Phillies’ rotation is currently up for grabs between Nick Pivetta, Vince Velasquez, Ranger Suárez, and prospect Spencer Howard. One of the remaining three could fill in for Wheeler when he needs time off, temporarily or otherwise.