New York Yankees Top Prospect To Undergo Tommy John Surgery
Mar 11, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees' Gleyber Torres (81) celebrates with Chase Headley (12) as he crosses home plate after hitting a home run in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports

Top New York Yankees prospect Gleyber Torres will miss the rest of the 2017 season after being diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament.

The New York Yankees announced on Monday that top prospect (per MLB Pipeline) Gleyber Torres will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of the 2017 season after being diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament.


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The announcement came after the 20-year-old was placed on the seven-day disabled list thanks to a collision at home plate during a contest with the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders on Saturday. Although it was initially diagnosed as a hyper-extended elbow, head team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad’s analysis showed the injury was more serious.

Torres, the gem acquired in last year’s trade of Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs, was slashing .309/.406/.457 with two home runs, 16 RBIs and .350 in the 10 games before going down with the injury.

The surgery typically leaves players out for more than a season, but Torres is not a pitcher (obviously) and his torn UCL is on his non-throwing elbow. The team expects him back when 2018’s spring training opens in February.

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