Dellin Betances returns to the Bronx
Dellin Betances was born in Washington Heights, grew up on the Lower East Side, pitched high school ball in Brooklyn and – on one glorious afternoon – clutched a seven-dollar ticket in the Yankee Stadium bleachers while David Wells pitched a perfect game against the Minnesota Twins.
Betances’ story brought him back to the Bronx on Thursday, as he was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to help provide some distance to the Yanks’ bullpen. Betances replaces Brett Marshall, who threw 5 2/3 innings of long relief on Wednesday after Phil Hughes was knocked out in the first inning of a 12-2 loss to the Mariners.
As he returned to Yankee Stadium, Betances did so as a full-time reliever. It has been just 11 days since Yankees Minor League pitching guru Gil Patterson told Betances he was moving to the bullpen, and Betances said that he is still adjusting to the role.
“I’ve only came out twice from the bullpen so far. It’s different,” Betances said. “You get an adrenaline rush.It’s fun, you know, coming out of the bullpen and trying to attack guys and throw first-pitch strikes. I enjoy the role. Whatever I’m needed to be, I’m here for.”
The timing of the Yanks’ decision seemed somewhat curious to Betances, who was once tphad just thrown five no-hit innings against the Braves’ top farm club in Gwinnett, but he won’t argue if it helps him stick around in The Show.
“I’m happy to be here and get the opportunity,” Betances said. “I feel confident, I feel like my last five or six appearances have been really good formyself. I feel confidence and I feel like I’m going in the right direction. For myself, I always think I can get back to where I need to be. I feel like I’m real close.”