New York Yankees reliever Chad Green will undergo Tommy John surgery, manager Aaron Boone revealed Sunday.
Boone stated Green, who was placed on the injured list Saturday because of his ailing right elbow, is still deciding on who will perform the surgery.
The team faced the right-hander on the 15-day IL on Saturday with what was described at the time as a right elbow strain.
However, needing second and third opinions, Boone didn’t sugarcoat things — calling the injury “significant” before the Yankees’ 7-5 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Saturday.
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“It’s tough news, but with this surgery, it’s usually something that pitchers are able to return from,” Boone told reporters, according to MLB.com. “I know he will. He’s an outstanding athlete that takes great care of himself and has a really good work ethic. I know that in time, he’ll be fine. I expect him to pitch several more years at the level we’ve come to expect.”
In a corresponding move on Saturday, the Yankees called up Ron Marinaccio from their Triple-A affiliates in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
“It was pretty emotional for me, honestly,” Boone continued. “A lot that’s right about our sport is Chad Green, just in the way he prepares, how he takes care of himself, the professional that he is, the respect he carries in that room, the track record of consistent success.
“So it’s difficult.”
The right-hander was injured during Thursday’s loss in Baltimore. This season, Green is 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA in 14 appearances.
Since becoming one of New York’s high-leverage relievers in 2017, he has a 2.96 ERA in 260 appearances. Last season, Green was 10-7 with a 3.12 ERA in 67 appearances, striking out 99 hitters in 83⅔ innings.
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