The New York Yankees were dealt some crushing news on Monday. Their highly touted prospect, Gleyber Torres, will require Tommy John surgery and will miss the remainder of the 2017 season with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow.
Torres, the number two prospect in all of baseball, suffered the injury when attempting to score from second base Saturday against the Buffalo Bisons. He dove head-first into the catcher and the collision caused the injury.
At first, it was only reported to be a hyper-extended elbow but further tests revealed the tear. The injury is to Torres’ non-throwing hand and will have a shorter recovery time than if it was his other arm. Torres is still only 20 years of age and is expected to be fully recovered and ready to go for spring training next year.
In a corresponding move, the Yankees called up third baseman Miguel Andujar to Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre. Andujar has been hot at the plate for the Trenton Thunder. He was batting .312 with 7 home runs and 53 RBIs before being called up.
Before the injury, there was a lot of talk about Torres getting a mid-season call up to the Bronx and take over for the struggling Chase Headley. With that no longer an option Andujar, the Yankees #9 prospect, has a shot to make an impression with the RailRiders.