Dellin Betances' road back to game action has hit another speed bump.
On Monday, Yankees GM Brian Cashman said that the team had their "fingers crossed" that Betances' setback in Tampa was nothing serious, but Aaron Boone announced to reporters on Tuesday that the right-hander has a "low-grade lat strain" and the team will shut him down for "a couple weeks."
Betances threw 25 pitches on May 30th, but after feeling pain in his shoulder/lat area, the 31-year-old traveled to New York on Monday for further evaluation. He was set to officially being his rehab assignment in Tampa soon, but now everything has been pushed back.
The four-time All-Star suffered a right shoulder impingement during Spring Training, sending him to the 10-day IL in mid-March. Then, in early April, the Yankees announced that the reliever had suffered a setback during a simulated game. Betances was sent back to New York for further evaluation and was eventually moved to the 60-day IL.
The Yankees have been without Betances' services all season, but their incredible bullpen depth has eased the blow of being without their talented righty. Aroldis Chapman leads the team with a 1.40 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP, while Adam Ottavino also has an exceptional ERA of 1.53. Lefty Zack Britton is not far behind, holding hitters to a .214 batting average while posting an ERA of 2.86. Righty Tommy Kahnle has also stepped up in Betances' absence, owning a 0.97 WHIP and a 2.84 ERA.
After making a handful of appearances for the Yankees in 2011 and 2013, Betances became a mainstay in their pen starting in 2014, earning four-straight All-Star nods. Since 2014, he's posted a 2.22 ERA with 36 saves and a WHIP of just 1.018.
The Yankees' bullpen has gotten by without him, but now Betances' return date is an even bigger question than once thought.