Yankees top prospect Gleyber Torres to have Tommy John surgery

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Some awful news for the Yankees: top prospect Gleyber Torres has a torn UCL in his left elbow. He’ll have surgery. He’s done for the year.

Torres suffered a hyperextended left elbow while sliding headfirst into home plate during Saturday’s game for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. X-rays were negative and he was placed on the disabled list, but no one suspected that the injury was this serious, let alone that it would cost him the season.

Torres, of course, is not a pitcher. He’s an infielder. One of the top infield prospects in all of baseball and a top-10 overall prospect in the game according to most who rank such things. Though only 20 years old, he was hitting .309/.406/.457 at Triple-A and many suspected that he’d be playing for the Yankees soon given that they are in contention and given that third baseman Chase Headley has struggled. Those plans are obviously scrapped.

Torres, thankfully, throws with his right hand, so the rehab process will not be as extensive for him as it would be for a pitcher. At the moment the Yankees expect him to be ready for spring training in 2018. Still, this is quite a blow.