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Update on Zack Britton

Note: There are some advanced stats, and terms that can be found in the key at the end of the article.

Zack Britton is the latest player that has joined the injury bug surrounding the New York Yankees. He suffered a bruised right wrist after non-roster invitee Erik Kratz smoked a line drive at him during live batting practice. Fortunately, Britton’s X-rays and CT tests came back negative, so perhaps Britton will not be out for an extended period of time.

Britton had another respectable season in 2019. In 61.1 IP, Britton had a 1.91 ERA, 3.74 FIP, 4.70 BB/9, 77.2 GB%, and 0.9 fWAR. Since 2014, he has been among the best relievers in all of baseball.

Although there’s a decent chance that Britton only has a minor injury, the Yankees have had an absurd amount of injuries since last season. In 2019, the Yankees had the highest amount of injured players during the course of the entire season (30). Before the 2020 season has started, Yankees Luis Severino (Tommy John), James Paxton (back), Aaron Judge (stress fracture on right rib), Gary Sánchez (sore back and flu), and Giancarlo Stanton (right calf strain) are the current Yankees suffering from illnesses and/or injuries. Hopefully, all these players can all have a speedy recovery, and the Yankees can stay healthy for the upcoming season.

All credit and all rights reserved about this injury update go towards the New York Yankees.

IP: Innings Pitched
ERA: Earned Run Average. MLB average: 4.49 ERA
FIP: Fielding Independent of Pitching. This stat is essentially a version of ERA that is more focused on what the pitcher can control (Walks, Home Runs, Strikeouts, Hit Batsmen). MLB average: ~4.50 FIP.
BB/9: Average number of walks in a nine-inning game. MLB average: 2.92 BB/9
GB%: The percentage of balls in play that ends up as a ground ball. MLB average: ~44.0 GB %
fWAR: Wins Above Replacement for Fangraphs. For example, if a player has a 0.1 fWAR they are worth 0.1 wins more than a replacement-level player (0.0 fWAR). The average starting player has 2.0 fWAR.

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