Dellin Betances' difficult Spring Training ended on a sour note.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Tuesday the reliever will begin the season on the Injured List. Betances struggled with his fastball velocity throughout camp, and he was officially diagnosed with a right shoulder impingement and inflammation after undergoing an MRI.
His rehab will consist of anti-inflammatory medicine and rest. He will be shut down from throwing for at least three days.
Betances' arrival to camp was delayed by the birth of his son. As he started ramping up to prepare for the season, the velocity of his four-seamer topped out between 90-91 mph. Last season, the right-hander threw the pitch an average of 97.6 mph.
During four Grapefruit League appearances, he posted solid numbers, allowing two earned runs over 3 1/3 frames with four strikeouts. But the velocity was the main issue, and although he was optimistic he'd figure it out, Betances ultimately told the Yankees he did not feel he would be ready for Opening Day, which is nine days away.
The Yankees have experienced quite a few injuries this spring. CC Sabathia entered camp under the expectation he would not be ready for the season, but injuries to ace Luis Severino, center fielder Aaron Hicks and top prospect Estevan Florial have impacted the roster construction.
Manager Aaron Boone mentioned that the candidates to make the rotation, such as Luis Cessa, and lefty Stephen Tarpley are possibilities to take Bentances' place in the bullpen.