Yankees place Betances on 60-day DL

"Killer B" heads to DL to accommodate Pettitte's return
09/19/2012 12:53 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro
To accommodate Andy Pettitte’s return to the active roster, the Yankees have made a swap of pitchers, placing Dellin Betances on the 60-day DL to open up a spot for Pettitte.

One of the organization’s top prospects, the 24-year-old Betances began the year at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre but struggled, going 3-5 with a 6.39 ERA and 69 walks against 71 strikeouts in 74.2 innings over 16 starts.

He was re-assigned to Double-A Trenton in late-June and showed improvement – going 3-4 with a 6.51 ERA, 30 BB, and 50 K in 56.2 innings over 11 games (10 starts) – but was shut down after his August 22 outing due to inflammation in his right arm.

And so, despite having been on the Minor League 7-day disabled list since that last outing, the placement on the 60-day DL officially ends a rough season for one-half of the Bombers’ “Killer B’s.” He is scheduled to pitch in the Arizona Fall League – where he will join six fellow Baby Bombers on the Scottsdale Scorpions’ roster – and the Yankees are hopeful he will be healthy in time to participate.

Betances was technically involved in two roster moves Wednesday, as the Yankees actually had to actually call him up to the Major League roster before disabling him; players cannot be placed on the 60-day DL if they aren’t on the active MLB roster, and so Betances’ recall was first necessary.

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