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Needs season-ending Tommy John surgery

FEB. 17 2017 FILE Gleyber Torres
Kristopher Love | 20 June, 2017, 02:18

Yankees' top prospect Gleyber Torres will need dreaded Tommy John surgery after nasty collision at home-plate Saturday with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

The Yankees are very good, and are on track to get even better given the amount of developing young talent now stocking the major-league roster and farm system.

Torres is expected to recover in time for spring training next year, the team said.

The 20-year-old Torres got off to a hot start in Double-A, earning a promotion to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

The torn UCL and subsequent surgery will put an end to any hopes of a 2017 debut for Torres, though luckily for the Yankees, position player UCL injuries usually take only six or so months to rehab.

Acquired from the Cubs last July in the trade that sent closer Aroldis Chapman to Chicago, Torres began the season at Double-A Trenton and hit.273 with five homers and 18 RBIs before he was promoted. In 158 plate appearances since the beginning of May, Headley has an on-base percentage of just.285 with one home run. He was a natural replacement for the struggling Chase Headley. Sunday's loss to Oakland marked the first time all season that NY has been swept in a series.