Yankees prospect Torres needs Tommy John surgery


Torres was placed on the disabled list on Sunday, and on Monday the Yankees announced that the highly regarded infielder will have to undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery to fix a torn UCL in his left elbow.

Torres suffered the injury on Saturday in a home-plate collision while playing for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, though it was thought to be a short-term injury. Torres will miss the remainder of the 2017 season, though the Yankees note that they expect him to be ready for Spring Training 2018.

Yankees prospect Gleyber Torres hits a solo home run during the sixth inning against the Detroit Tigers on March 11, 2017 in Tampa, Florida.

He's the No. 2 prospect on MLB's Top 100, behind only Yoan Moncada.

Starting the year in double-A, Torres hit.273 with five home runs and 18 RBI in 32 games before he was promoted to triple-A.

Torres' excellent season combined with another down year from regular third baseman Chase Headley (who is hitting.244/.329/.364 through 255 plate appearances) had most baseball analysts and fans wondering whether the Yankees would look past his age and promote him to the majors to take over at the hot corner.

It's been a rough week for the Yankees. 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.

Mr. Torres will undergo Tommy John surgery at a later date.