After battling fatigue toward the end of last season, Yankees reliever Dellin Betances said he feels ready to go for 2016.
Betances, 27, has pitched 174 innings in the past two seasons, including 84 innings last year, the most among all relievers last season. In the offseason, instead of giving his arm a normal four-week break, he opted to rest his arm for another month.
"That was the longest I've taken off without throwing," Betances told reporters on Thursday. "Just trying to give the arm a little break and try something, I guess."
He struggled down the stretch last season. In his first 56 appearances, he had a 1.12 ERA and held opponents to a .125 batting average. But from Aug. 22 until the end of the season, his ERA was 2.70 and opponents' batting average .254.
"I feel good and ready to go," Betances said.
Both Betances and Andrew Miller said they're looking forward to seeing the newly-acquired Aroldis Chapman light up the radar gun at Yankee Stadium. Though Betances has thrown pitches faster than 100 mph before, Chapman has thrown the fastest pitch (105.1 mph) recorded.
"The difference is he throws it constantly," Betances said. "I throw it one in a blue [moon]. He throws it every time, so that's going to be exciting."