Yankees manager Aaron Boone is not worrying much about RHP Dellin Betances after he struggled on Sunday.
"Obviously we need to keep building Dellin up, but I feel like that's not something we're overly concerned about at this point," Boone said, according to the New York Daily News' Kristie Ackert, after Betances allowed four of the five batters he faced to reach base in Sunday's split-squad win over the Pirates.
The 30-year-old Betances, who had retired all six batters he faced prior to Sunday, allowed two runs, two hits and two walks in 1/3 of an inning, raising his ERA to 7.71 in three outings.
Betances allowed a leadoff triple to Cole Tucker and an RBI single to Kevin Kramer. After a strikeout, Betances walked the next two batters before he was replaced by Jonathan Holder.
"I got tired after the first ... I was tired toward the last couple of hitters," Betances said. "The breaking ball it was just staying arm side the whole time. The first week my third time. Obviously I missed a little time, so we're trying to catch up there. I think velo was a little better today, maybe I was trying to get a little more to see how I feel. As long as that increases every time, I think that is a step in the right direction."
Betances has recorded a sub-3.00 ERA in four of the past five years since he became a major piece of New York's bullpen.
Last year, Betances had allowed 12 runs (11 earned) over his first 19 relief outings. But from May 27 to Aug. 28, Betances had a 0.53 ERA in 35 appearances, striking out 58 batters and allowing two runs in 33 2/3 innings.
So even though Betances hasn't started this spring as dominant as he showed he could be, neither he nor Boone are worried.
"I thought maybe today," Boone said, "he tried to manufacture it a little bit, so he lost a little bit of his command and labored out there. We want him to just continue to stay in his mechanics because that's a thing he has done so well over the last year. The velo and arm strength will get there."
Added Betances: "I will be ready to go once the lights go on and we have 50,000 (fans) to go."