Yankees reliever Zach Britton exited Game 3 of the ALDS in Minnesota with an apparent ankle injury, according to Ken Rosenthal on the FS1 television broadcast. Britton entered the game with a runner on first base and no outs in the seventh inning, and escaped the inning with no further damage. He had to cover first base on a ground ball to the right side and may have suffered the injury on that play.
Britton remained in the game to start the eighth inning and served up a solo home run to Eddie Rosario, finally putting the Twins on the board at a 3-1 deficit. Britton got Mitch Garver to ground out before being tended to by the team trainer. The lefty exited the game not long after.
Aroldis Chapman took over for Britton, tasked with getting a five-out save. He navigated past Luis Arraez and Miguel Sanó to send the game into the ninth.
With the Yankees poised to polish off a sweep of the Twins in the ALDS, they are looking ahead to Saturday, when the ALCS will begin. That’s four days of rest, and four days to determine Britton’s availability. The club should provide a preliminary idea of Britton’s status on Tuesday.
The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Mets and free agent reliever Brad Brach have agreed on a one-year deal worth $850,000. The contract includes a player option for the 2021 season with a base salary of $1.25 million and additional performance incentives.
Brach, 33, signed as a free agent with the Cubs this past February. After posting an ugly 6.13 ERA over 39 2/3 innings, the Cubs released him in early August. The Mets picked him up shortly thereafter. Brach’s performance improved, limiting opposing hitters to six runs on 15 hits and three walks with 15 strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings through the end of the season.
While Brach will add some much-needed depth to the Mets’ bullpen, his walk rate has been going in the wrong direction for the last three seasons. It went from eight percent in 2016 to 9.5, 9.7, and 12.8 percent from 2017-19. Needless to say the Mets are hoping that trend starts heading in the other direction next season.