Dellin Betances took baseball’s 3 ½-month shutdown in stride.
As spring training was shuttered in March, the Mets reliever was still building up strength in his left ankle after spending the offseason rehabbing from a torn left Achilles. Now, the right-hander would like to believe he’s ready for the lesser grind of a 60-game schedule, on a stronger ankle.
“For me it was kind of a blessing in disguise,” Betances said Sunday, referring to the COVID-19 shutdown. “I felt like I was going to be ready to start the season, but probably not where I would have liked to have been, so right now I think I’m heading in the right direction and we have about three weeks to be ready and I’ll be ready to rock.”
Betances faced seven batters in a simulated game at Citi Field on Sunday, the first of about seven appearances he expects to receive against hitters before the Mets’ opener on July 24. Last season Betances appeared in only one game for the Yankees, spending much of the season rehabbing from a shoulder impingement and lat injury before tearing the Achilles in his season debut in September.
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