Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Yankees right-hander Chase Whitley will undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery after being diagnosed with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow.
Whitley was added to the Yankees’ rotation as an injury replacement earlier this month, but made just two starts before being shut down and will be sidelined until at least the middle of next year.
Whitley, who was a 15th-round draft pick in 2010, has a 5.02 ERA and 76/23 K/BB ratio in 95 total innings as a major leaguer since making his debut in 2014.
Yankees starter Chase Whitley exited Thursday’s start against the Rays with an elbow injury. The right-hander underwent an MRI, which showed a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports. Surgery is an option, but he’ll be reevaluated in New York first.
Whitley had done a good job over his first two starts before being hit around by the Orioles and leaving Thursday’s start against the Rays in his most recent two starts. Overall, he has a 4.19 ERA with a 16/5 K/BB ratio in 19 1/3 innings.
Chris Capuano, who has been dealing with a quadriceps injury, is expected to come off of the disabled list to take Whitley’s place in the rotation.
UPDATE: Yankees manager Joe Girardi hinted that Whitley is dealing with a major injury. He also said that Whitley has been dealing with an elbow injury for a while, but kept it from the team and tried to pitch through it.
9:49 p.m. ET: Yankees right-hander Chase Whitley left tonight’s start against the Rays with what has been termed as a right elbow injury. Meredith Marakovits of YES Network reports that he’ll go for an MRI in Tampa tomorrow to determine the severity.
Whitley, who has been filling in for the injured Masahiro Tanaka, exited the game in the bottom of the second inning. He ended up being charged with three runs on two hits and two walks and now owns a 4.19 ERA through four starts.
Chris Capuano is nearing his return from a right quad strain, so it’s possible that Whitley would have been bumped from the rotation after this start anyway. The Yankees could have some other options soon, as Tanaka has resumed throwing bullpen sessions and Ivan Nova is close to a rehab assignment as he makes his way back from Tommy John surgery.