No. 1 Prospect Gleyber Torres to Undergo Tommy John Surgery on Left Elbow

Even on an off-day, there’s more bad news for the New York Yankees. Top prospect infielder Gleyber Torres has been diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow and will undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery. He is expected to be ready for Spring Training in 2018.

He was originally placed on the minor league disabled list with a hyperextended left elbow suffered on a play at the plate Saturday in Buffalo. The injury is to his non-throwing arm. The team promoted third baseman Miguel Andújar from AA Trenton to AAA Scranton to take his place. Understandably, Torres was devastated by the news.

Torres had been slashing a combined .287/.383/.480 with seven home runs and 34 RBIs between Trenton and Scranton prior to the injury. MLB.com ranked him as the No. 2 overall prospect in baseball before the season, and No. 1 in the Yankees’ system. He signed with the Chicago Cubs as an international free agent in 2013, and was acquired from the Cubs near the trade deadline last season in exchange for closer Aroldis Chapman.

Andújar, ranked No. 9 by the same MLB.com list, comes up to the International League after leading the Eastern League in RBIs with 52. His slash-line through 67 games for Trenton is an impressive .312/.342/.494. The 22-year-old was invited to MLB Spring Training in 2017, and went 7-for-28 (.250) with two RBIs. He was placed on the 40-man roster following the 2016 season.

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