"The MRI that was done revealed that there was not serious damage," Yankee manager Mike Gillespie said. "When it's an elbow we're dealing with, we always fear the worst, but the MRI showed that there was no ligament damage."
Gillespie said he was unaware of when precisely the stiffness came, but he removed the tall right-hander from the game after 65 pitches last weekend, preferring to err on the side of caution with the 19-year-old top prospect.
Upon his return to Staten Island, Betances said he would like to work on consistency of all his pitches, tending to have inconsistent deliveries to the plate.
"I still feel like I need to work on my delivery a little bit more, being able to repeat it each time," Betances said of his last start. "I was just opening up too much, and I'm more of a guy who will try to go straight home."
When he is on, the former eighth round pick said he is able to rely on both his fastball and curveball in any count to get strikes, though he is still working on the command of his changeup.
Betances has been tough to hit this year in Staten Island, posting a .255 batting average against, but has been hurt by the walk totals thus far, allowing 17 free passes in 25 innings of work.
"He's done a good job, but he's still got a long way to go," Yankee pitching coach Jeff Ware said. "Being six-foot-nine and only 19-years old, he's got some work to do as far as repeating his delivery over and over. He's very mature for a 19-year-old, but he's got to learn his body."
"Right now we're trying to get him to repeat his delivery, and that way he'll be able to command his fastball and offspeed pitches much better," Ware said. "That's part of being a big guy like he is, and that's what we're working on, just trying to get him to have a better finish at the end of his delivery, and in the long run that's going to help him throw strikes."
But both Ware and Gillespie agreed that Betances has put together some impressive performances this season, showing signs of maturity and the ability to put it all together at times, as they both pointed to situations in which Betances had tough jams to work out of and was able to make big pitches to get through them.
"He clearly is a work in progress," Gillespie said. "He's young, trying to harness that body, and at six-foot-nine at 19-years old, he clearly will have better control over that next year and four years from now than he does today...and he's not a mess, he's not far off, and he's going to get better."
Betances will be eligible to come off the DL as early as this Saturday, July 28.
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