Gleyber Torres’ big-league debut will not take place this season.
And there’s now some question whether it will take place next season as well.
The Yankees announced Monday afternoon the 20-year-old Torres, among the top prospects in baseball, will undergo Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow.
“I feel bad for Gleyber but it’s an injury that thankfully is correctable,” GM Brian Cashman said Monday by phone. “It’s his non-throwing arm. He’ll have the surgery and be as good as new and return to play in 2018.”
Torres suffered the injury in his non-throwing elbow last Saturday while playing for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on a play at the plate at Buffalo. Torres dived head first, was tagged out and immediately grabbed at his elbow.