New York Yankees top prospect Gleyber Torres to have Tommy John surgery

By The Sports Xchange  |  June 19, 2017 at 5:54 PM
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New York Yankees top prospect Gleyber Torres will miss the remainder of the season after the team announced Monday the infielder needs to undergo Tommy John surgery on his non-throwing left elbow.

The Yankees said Torres has a torn ligament in his left elbow but is expected to recover after surgery in time for spring training next year.

Torres was seen by the team's head physician, Dr. Christopher Ahmad, at Presbyterian Hospital in New York and diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow.

The 20-year-old Torres has risen quickly through the Yankees' minor league system, but the torn UCL and subsequent surgery puts an end to any hopes of a 2017 major league debut.

Torres, who was acquired from the Chicago Cubs last July in the Aroldis Chapman trade, suffered a hyperextended left elbow while sliding into home plate on Saturday in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre's win over the Buffalo Bisons.

Torres, ranked the No. 5 prospect in the game by Baseball America before the season, got off to a solid start for Double A-Trenton, hitting .273 with five home runs and 18 RBIs in 32 games.

Torres was promoted to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on May 23 and after a slow start, he hit .309 with two home runs and 16 RBIs in 23 games.

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