Unfortunately for the New York Yankees, their top prospect Gleyber Torres will miss the rest of the season as he is set to have surgery to repair his torn ulnar collateral ligament.
Fortunately, Torres is not a pitcher, and the injury is on his left elbow, which is his non-throwing arm.
Yankees’ general manager Brian Cashman said: “It’s unfortunate. I’m thankful that it is a correctable problem.”
Because the 20-year-old is not a pitcher and it was on the left arm, he is expected to complete rehabilitation as early as next spring training. For pitchers who suffer it on their throwing arm, the rehab program takes 12 to 18 months, and rarely does a pitcher get back into his best form after having the injury.
According to ESPN, Torres sustained the UCL tear when he slid home head first in a game in Triple A.
Torres, who the Yankees acquired from the Chicago Cubs during last season’s trade deadline, was raking in Triple-A with a slash line of .287/.383/.480 with seven home runs and 34 runs-batted-in in 55 games.
He was training in every infield position except catcher and first base, and was expected to be called up and get time supplanting the Yankees’ starters, but mostly for third baseman Chase Headley. The Venezuelan is also expected to play when second baseman Starlin Castro and shortstop Didi Gregorius rest.
Headley, 33, continues to see a downward trend in his statistics, averaging only .244 in 62 games this season, albeit with four homers and 29 RBIs.