Yet another blow for the New York Yankees prized farm system as shortstop and top prospect Gleyber Torres will require him to have Tommy John surgery after a collision at home-plate where he was tagged out while diving for the plate Saturday with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Torres, who was acquired in the Aroldis Chapman deal with the Chicago Cubs last year’s trade, is the second prospect this year in the system to need the surgery.
James Kaprielian, the Yankees’ top arm in the system was shut down back in April with arm discomfort and then learned he in fact did need the infamous TJ surgery.
Torres, 20, has been diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow and will undergo Tommy John surgery, ending his season, the Yankees announced Monday. The organization also added that they expect him to be ready for spring training next year.
Yankee fans will have to wait at least another year for Torres to join the big league club as there was much speculation that he would get a late summer call-up to boost New York’s playoff chances to a surprising 2017 start. Before Saturday, Torres was rumored to take over third base in the Bronx — possibly by the end of July — with Chase Headley hitting just .244/.329/.364 and four home runs to begin the year.
New York’s manager Joe Girardi praised the young shortstop for his talents in an interview earlier this month.
“I thought it was a young man who really knew how to play the game, where the game was pretty slow for him. It didn’t speed up for him,” Girardi said. “And there’s obviously little things that all players have to improve on, but I think he’s done a good job of playing all over the infield. He’s played at second, short and third — short being his natural position. I think he knows how to grind out at-bats, what he needs to do in a certain at-bat. And I think he’s continued to do that in the minor leagues.”
In 23 games at Triple-A this season, the Venezuelan native hit .309/.406/.457 with two home runs and 16 runs batted in. He began the year with Double-A Trenton, where he batted .273/.367/.496 with five home runs and 18 runs batted in across 32 games, before getting promoted.
It’s been a real tough week for New York. They have lost six straight games, including getting swept at Oakland, pitchers CC Sabathia and Adam Warren were placed on the disabled list, and outfielder Aaron Hicks has been out since last Thursday with an achilles injury. The Yankees also shut down first baseman Greg Bird’s rehab assignment due to his nagging ankle injury. Looks like Aaron Judge will have to pick up the slack and hit more 490-foot homers.