Pitching prospect Louis Gil is headed for Tommy John surgery, Yankees manager Aaron Boone confirmed Saturday. The right-hander skipped his start with Triple-A Scranton on Wednesday night in what Boone said was a significant elbow injury.
Boone said he believes Yankees team doctor Dr. Christopher Ahmed will perform the procedure on Tuesday.
Gill got off to a decent start for the big league club in Chicago last week, scoring four runs on five hits in four innings. He went for two and hit a six.
When he came to the big league last season, he made a lot of noise. He did not leave a single run in the first three matches. He made six emergency starts for the Yankees while dealing with injuries. The 23-year-old finished with 3.07 ERA. He scored 38 runs in 29.1 pitched innings, but also scored 19 runs.
With Friday night raining, the Yankees rotation will once again need a spot starter. Jameson Talon and Luis Severino will be on schedule and pitch in a doubleheader on Sunday. It’s possible the Yankees will use JP Sears on Wednesday against the Orioles instead of waiting until their big series against the Rays in St. Petersburg next weekend.
“We’ll see what unfolds for us over the next several days,” Boone said.
Sears started Friday night for Triple-A Scranton, which would prepare him for Wednesday’s start.
“JP is throwing the ball really well. He was supposed to start today, but we let him go last night, so I think he played over four and threw the ball really well,” Boone said. “I haven’t seen his outing yet, but all reports are that he bowled the ball really well yesterday and was bowling the ball well.”
Sears went in 4.2 innings, earning one run on six hits, striking in seven and running against Worcester on Friday night.
Hayden Wesniewski, the Yankees’ sixth-round draft pick in 2019, is a pitcher who could be in talks for one of these starts down the road. The right-handed batsman has a 2.31 ERA, with 41 strikeouts in 39 innings, with more than eight starts with Triple-A right now. He is not on the 40-man roster but that could change during this season.
“Vesnesky is definitely a guy on the radar who isn’t on the roster yet, obviously, but definitely a guy who has pushed himself into our conversations. And certainly someone we’ve been following.” And that’s what I’m excited about,” Boone said.
One pot that is not yet in consideration is the goddess García. The right-handed batsman, who made a big league debut in 2020, is struggling in Triple-A. He’s playing an ugly 9.90 ERA on six Triple-A’s earlier this season. He has scored 18 runs and scored 16 runs in 20 innings.
“Just still struggling,” Boone said. Boone said, “Some inconsistencies and hopefully we can roll him because I feel like when he came into spring training, I thought he was in a very good spot and he made some good adjustments and the ball. has been thrown well into the spring.” “But so far it has been a slow start.”