NEW YORK -- Gleyber Torres, the Yankees' top prospect and the No. 2 prospect in all of baseball according to MLB Pipeline, will have season-ending Tommy John surgery after sustaining a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow.
The 20-year-old infielder was injured on a headfirst slide into home plate on Saturday while playing for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre at Buffalo.
The Yankees said that the date of Torres' surgery is yet to be determined, but the injury is to Torres' non-throwing elbow and he is expected to be ready for Spring Training 2018.
Torres was attempting to score from second base on a hit to right field and slid awkwardly into the plate, sustaining what the Yankees initially called a hyperextended left elbow. Torres was seen by Yankees team physician Christopher Ahmad in New York, where the torn UCL was revealed.
Acquired in last July's Aroldis Chapman trade with the Cubs, Torres had been rotating between second base, third base and shortstop at the top two levels of the Yankees' Minor League system, generating speculation that he might join the big league club in the second half of this season.
In 23 games at Triple-A, Torres batted .309 (25-for-81) with two homers and 16 RBIs after beginning the season at Double-A Trenton, where he hit .273 in 32 games before being promoted on May 22.
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