Yankees welcome back Zack Britton, DFA Mike Ford

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Zack Britton is set to make his 2021 debut after the Yankees reinstated the lefty reliever from the 60-day IL on Saturday.

Britton had been rehabbing with Double-A Somerset and Triple-A Scranton, pitching a total of 4.1 innings and allowing six earned runs on five hits with five strikeouts. He has yet to pitch in the majors this season after undergoing surgery in spring to remove a bone chip from his pitching elbow.

The move comes at the expense of Brooks Kriske, who was optioned back to Triple-A.

In addition to those moves, Mike Ford has been designated for assignment after struggling at the plate in the majors this season. He was sent down earlier this month after slashing just .133/.278/.283 in 72 plate appearances.

Britton has been one of the most valuable bullpen arms for the Yankees since arriving midway through the 2018 season, pitching to a 2.14 ERA during his tenure in pinstripes. Both of his full seasons with the Yanks ended with an ERA below 2.00.

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