Yankees lose second pitcher to elbow injury

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Chad Green’s season came to a screeching halt on Friday when he left the Yankees-Orioles game with tightness in his elbow. A report from ESPN.com’s Andrew Marchand says that the right-hander is done for the year after getting diagnosed with a strained flexor tendon and sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

Green didn’t profile as a major player in the Yankees’ pitching staff, but after arriving in the Justin Wilson trade last winter, he found himself in a more pivotal role once injuries began to take their toll on the team. Through 45 ⅔ innings with New York, the 25-year-old held an impressive 10.25 K/9 rate and a less impressive 2.96 BB/9 and 2.36 HR/9.

Going forward, manager Brian Cashman has yet to announce a formal plan for the Yankees’ rotation, but it seems probable that either right-hander Luis Severino or rookie Bryan Mitchell will handle Wednesday’s start against the Blue Jays.

For now, Green’s outlook isn’t as bad as it could be. Unlike starter Nathan Eovaldi, who lost his season to a similar elbow injury last month, Green is not currently expected to undergo Tommy John surgery. It’s a silver lining worth holding onto.