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Britton feels fine after leaving with calf cramp

August 31, 2019

NEW YORK -- After entering Saturday’s 4-3 win over the A’s at the start of the eighth inning, Zack Britton made a quick exit, leaving with a right calf cramp. The Yankees said no tests are scheduled at this time. Britton struck out the first batter he faced in the

NEW YORK -- After entering Saturday’s 4-3 win over the A’s at the start of the eighth inning, Zack Britton made a quick exit, leaving with a right calf cramp. The Yankees said no tests are scheduled at this time.

Britton struck out the first batter he faced in the frame, induced a grounder for the second out and was four pitches in against Oakland’s Marcus Semien before motioning to the dugout for manager Aaron Boone and trainer Steve Donohue. Britton appeared to come up gingerly after running off the mound on a foul ball down the first-base line, and he was walking with a slight limp when he exited the game.

After the game, Britton said he left for precautionary reasons due to the connection between his calf and his Achilles, which he injured in February 2018 when he was still a member of the Orioles. But after receiving clearance from Yankees team physician Christopher Ahmad, Britton is optimistic that it won’t be a problem moving forward.

“Maybe if I was a little younger, I would have stayed out there,” Britton said. “I threw a couple pitches on it and it started to cramp up. It just didn’t make any sense to push it, especially with all the work I’ve done to come back and I’ve been feeling great this year.”

Boone echoed that sentiment, though he is still adopting a wait-and-see approach with his valuable lefty bullpen arm, who is 3-1 with a 2.15 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 45 strikeouts in 54 1/3 innings pitched this season.

“Seeing him after the game, [Britton] said he felt fine and Stevie said he was jumping around after,” Boone said. “When I hear cramping in the calf -- and I’ve hurt my calf before -- that made me nervous, but the fact that he was moving like he is right now [is good]. We’ll see what we have, but initial signs are, hopefully, we dodged something.”

Britton was replaced by Chad Green, who ended up walking Semien before getting out of the inning unscathed.