Zack Britton reveals bout with COVID-19 in January

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If you’re wondering why Zack Britton has yet to make his spring debut: he’s coming along slowly due to a bout with COVID-19 this winter.

Per beat writer Dan Martin, Britton told the New York Post that he contracted COVID-19 in January, and “it hit me pretty good.”

“I lost a good amount of weight. Physically, I’m all good now but trying to be smart,” Britton said in an email to the paper.

Britton further said the Yankees are building him up slowly – he has participated in drills but not thrown off a mound in a week – but he expects to be ready for Opening Day.

The Yankees did have another player affected by COVID this winter in Gio Urshela, who told The Post earlier this winter that surgery to remove bone chips in his elbow was delayed because he contracted the virus. Urshela has recovered from both the illness and the surgery, and made his spring training debut this week.

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