Yankees prospect right-hander Ty Hensley can’t seem to catch a break. After being the victim of a brutal beating over the offseason, the 21-year-old told Alexis Brudnicki of Baseball America that he underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery last week.
Hensley needed surgery to repair facial damage after the beating in December, but he reported to Yankees camp healthy. However, he experienced forearm tightness during his first two spring training outings and an MRI confirmed the unfortunate news.
Hensley’s bad luck actually dates back to when he drafted in the first round by the Yankees in 2012. He had his bonus adjusted from $1.6 million to $1.2 million due to abnormalities in his right shoulder. He then missed all of 2013 and part of 2014 following surgery on both of his hips. For someone who has had setback after setback, he seems to have a good perspective on things:
“As far as one thing after the other, with the whole hip surgery thing and my ab surgery—call it what you want, but I call that a fluke because, it’s just weird,” Hensley said. “Now this on the other hand, it’s an elbow injury. I know it takes time and I’m going to have to learn how to throw again, but I’m confident.
“I’ve gone through some stuff and gotten through it already so at the end it’s going to be no big deal. I’m going to get through it just fine and I’m going to throw harder, my stuff is going to be better, and I’ll be stronger and better for it.”
Here’s hoping 2016 is the start of something good for him.