There’s a zero percent chance Gleybermania will be coming to the Bronx this season.
The Yankees were dealt a devastating blow on Monday, as they announced that top prospect Gleyber Torres will require season-ending Tommy John surgery after tearing the UCL in his left elbow on Saturday.
The 20-year-old infielder, ranked as the No. 2 prospect in all of baseball according to MLB.com, suffered the injury while sliding head first into home plate during Triple-A Scranton’s game in Buffalo. He immediately grabbed his left elbow, and exited in obvious pain.
Torres was examined by Yankees team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad, and an MRI revealed the worst. The team expects he will recover in time for the beginning of spring training in 2018. The injury occurred to his non-throwing elbow.
Torres, who the Yankees have been so high on, given his maturity and high baseball IQ at the plate, was hitting .309/.406/.457 with two homers and 16 RBI in 23 games since he was promoted from Double-A Trenton to Triple-A Scranton.
And it was widely believed that Torres would eventually be called up to the majors later this season to take over at third base for the struggling Chase Headley, a belief Brian Cashman strongly dismissed.
“We never said that,” Cashman said.
Headley, who is in the third year of a four-year, $52 million deal with the Bombers, posted an .896 OPS in April, a .446 OPS in May and has a .751 OPS in June. “Headley’s our third baseman,” Cashman said. “And if there’s a problem, (utility man) Ronald Torreyes would swing over, and like I said last week we would be promoting Tyler Wade if we have an infield need (not Torres).”
Despite heading into tonight’s game against the Angels on a six-game losing streak, the Yankees rank first in the majors in runs per game (5.72). And that’s with Headley and underperforming first baseman Chris Carter essentially playing every day.
Miguel Andujar was promoted from Double-A to Triple-A, and will play third base for the RailRiders. He was in their lineup on Monday night. But no, he’s not anywhere near ready for the Bronx, Cashman added.
This isn’t the first time this season that one of the organization’s top prospects has required Tommy John. James Kaprielian (2015 first-rounder) had the surgery in mid-May, while Clarke Schmidt (2017 first-rounder) had TJ before the team drafted him.
Already this season, the Yankees have dealt with injuries to Kaprielian, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Aroldis Chapman, Jacoby Ellsbury, CC Sabathia, Adam Warren, Aaron Hicks and Torres.
On their 1-6 West Coast roadtrip alone, Sabathia (hamstring) and Warren (shoulder) wound up on the DL, Sanchez (groin) and Hicks (lower leg) got hurt and Bird (ankle/knee) was shut down from his minor-league rehab stint — he will see a specialist today — while Torres is lost for the season.