Top Yankees prospect Torres needs Tommy John surgery

Vincent De Villiers
Junho 20, 2017

The season is over for Gleyber Torres.

The team announced Monday the prized 20-year-old infielder will require Tommy John surgery after being diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow.

The Yankees expect Torres to be recovered in time for 2018 spring training.

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Torres suffered the injury Saturday while diving head first into home plate during a game with Triple-A Scranton.

Torres, who is regarded as the top prospect in the Yankees' deep system and one of the top overall prospects in baseball, came over in the deal last summer that sent closer Aroldis Chapman to the Chicago Cubs. With Torres out of the picture for the rest of the season, Chase Headley will gain some extra security in his role as the team's everyday third baseman. Baseball America ranked Torres the No. 2 prospect in all of baseball last month. Not only have they lost six straight games, pitchers CC Sabathia and Adam Warren were recently placed on the disabled list, and outfielder Aaron Hicks has been out since Thursday with an Achilles injury.

The torn UCL and subsequent surgery will put an end to any hopes of a 2017 debut for Torres, though luckily for the Yankees, position player UCL injuries usually take only six or so months to rehab.

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