Tough break for the Bronx Bombers.
With earlier reports seeming to indicate that former first round pick and Yankees’ phenom James Kaprielian was stuck between a rock and a hard place in terms of his re-occurring elbow injury, the decision has come: Kaprielian will undergo Tommy John surgery, effectively ending his 2017 campaign.
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— New York Post Sports (@nypostsports) April 13, 2017
Unfortunately for Kaprielian, a 23-year-old righty out of UCLA, this will be the second consecutive season that has been lost due to his nagging elbow flexor strain. He rehabbed through the injury last year and ultimately opted to forgo surgery, but this time around, Kaprielian wasn’t left with much of a choice.
A blue-chip prospect, Kaprielian posted eye-popping numbers at UCLA and was vying for a spot in the Yankees’ bullpen entering this season, despite his overall inexperience. His talent is undoubted, but fear that Kaprielian’s elbow never fully healed has become the reality for the blossoming star and his organization.
This development will likely impact the Yankees’ outlook on the 2017 season, as they are already short on professional arms.
Hopefully, Kaprielian can fight back from Tommy John surgery and show the baseball world why he was taken with the 16th pick of the 2015 MLB Draft.
Yankees fans will have to exercise patience until the young right-hander is fully recovered.