Well, the day is finally here. After a long, arduous rehab process, the Yankees have finally activated flame-throwing righty reliever Dellin Betances off the 60-day Injured List. There were a few other notes: the Yankees activated Jordan Montgomery, too, designated Ryan Dull for assignment, and transferred Jonathan Holder to the 60-day IL.
Here is the official news from the team:
Let’s start with the bad news. This officially ends Jonathan Holder’s season, as his shoulder inflammation got the best of him. Too bad, even though he really struggled this year, with a 6.31 ERA (4.45 FIP) in 41 innings pitched. He still struck batters out (25%) and limited walks (6%), but was really done in by the long ball. I like Holder and think he is a useful piece, so this is too bad. See ya in 2020, Jonathan.
Ryan Dull only got 2.1 innings as a Yankee, one of which was yesterday. He gave up 5 runs in those innings. He was a true last man out of the pen type option.
Now, to the good news. Jordan Montgomery (Tommy John) was activated as expected. I said all I can say about him yesterday, so check that out if you missed it. He’s about to pitch as I’m writing this, which is very cool. Welcome back, Jordan.
But the real story here, of course, is the return of Dealin’ Dellin. What a beautiful sight that is. I say so because, well, a healthy and normal Dellin is quite simply one of the most dominant relievers in the entire league. Check out Betances’ statistics among key metrics from 2014-2018, with his rankings among the 273 qualified relievers in parentheses:
- ERA: 2.22 (8th)
- FIP: 2.26 (4th)
- Strikeouts per 9: 14.63 (3rd)
- Strikeout percentage: 40.3% (4th)
- Home Runs per 9: 0.60 (29th)
- Innings Pitched: 373.1 (1st)
- Average Leverage Index When Entering Game: 1.44 (44th)
- fWAR: 11.3 (2nd)
That is just so pretty, isn’t it? Who knows what version of Betances we’ll see this year–reports are that his velocity is down, which is normal for a guy like Betances, who always takes a while to get up to full speed–but it is going to be just awesome to see him again. Whatever he contributes will be just gravy, in my opinion.
Either way, great news. Betances is one of the easiest guys on the team to root for, in my opinion, and I hope he has success right away. (He definitely does, too, as it’s a contract year for him. Brutal.) That sure would be nice. Imagine this bullpen plus a weapon like Betances?