New York Yankees: James Kaprielian has unique inspiration driving him to the bigs
Feb 14, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees pitcher James Kaprielian (89) works out as pitchers and catchers report for spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

New York Yankees right-handed prospect James Kaprielian is heading to the minor league disabled list with right elbow pain.

New York Yankees starters may have had a rough week in Tampa, but nothing compares to the news they just received.

Highly touted right-handed prospect James Kaprielian is heading to the minor league disabled list with right elbow pain, the team announced on Thursday.

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The 23-year-old was slated to begin the regular season in High-A Tampa coming off a healthy spring training. Kaprielian pitched just once against the Toronto Blue Jays this spring and didn’t allow a run over two innings of work while striking out three with a fastball that sat in the 95-96 mph range.

This is a huge setback, as the Yankees were hoping one of their top pitching prospects would make strides through the system after missing the entire 2016 with a right elbow flexor strain.

The Yankees’ first round pick of the 2015 June Amateur Draft will undergo an MRI and a dye contrast MRI. Once complete, a further update will be provided.


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