The Yankees are now without a key piece of their bullpen and could be for a while.
The club put Chad Green on Saturday’s 15-day injury list with a so-called ‘right elbow strain’. While Green was still seeking more opinions from doctors Saturday morning, manager Aaron Boone said surgery was on the table.
“It looks like a serious injury,” Boone said before the Yankees beat the White Sox 7-5 in the Bronx.
Green, who ended Thursday’s game in Baltimore with a forearm problem, is in the final year of his contract with the Yankees. The 30-year-old has a 2.96 ERA in 260 games since joining the Yankees’ bullpen full-time in 2017.
“He’s on this very short list of outstanding helpers in our sport,” Boone said. “He was so consistent. He’s such a rock to us. He’s just a consistent pitcher, a person so dependable and an important part of our team and this room. So it’s definitely tough.”
Boone added that Green, one of the Yankees’ key workers, was handling the injury as well as one could expect.
“It was quite emotional for me, to be honest,” Boone said. “A lot of what is right about our sport is Chad Green, just the way he prepares, the way he takes care of himself, the professional that he is, the respect that he has in that space, the track record . So it’s difficult.”
Ron Marinaccio was called up by Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to take Green’s place on the list.
Luis Gil will undergo Tommy John surgery Tuesday, Boone confirmed, which will end the right-hander’s season and keep him out for at least a good part of 2023. team doctor dr. Chris Ahmad will perform the surgery.
Gil, 23, who left his start Wednesday for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre with the elbow injury, made six starts with a 3.07 ERA with the Yankees last year. His only MLB appearance this season came last week when he gave up four runs over four innings in a points start against the White Sox.
Without Gil, the Yankees will have to look elsewhere to gain depth. Their doubleheader Sunday means they need a sixth starter Wednesday, with Boone mentioning JP Sears as a likely candidate after the left-hander threw 4²/₃ innings of a one-run ball for SWB on Friday.
Right-hander Hayden Wesneski isn’t on the 40-man list, but his 2.31 ERA in eight starts at Triple-A put him on the Yankees’ radar.
“Definitely a guy who has intruded into our conversation and certainly someone we follow and look forward to,” Boone said.
Deivi Garcia, meanwhile, showed signs of a recovery season in spring training, but the right-hander owns a 9.90 ERA in six starts with the RailRiders.
“Deivi just keeps having issues, some inconsistencies,” Boone said.
Tim Locastro scored in the batting cage on both Friday and Saturday and made further progress in his rehab after a strained lat.
The speedy outfielder was put on the injury list on May 8, at which point Boone said Locastro could be out “at least a couple of weeks.”
The Yankees are wary of his comeback as a more serious injury could potentially cost him the season.
“Encouraged by the progress he’s making since his injury,” Boone said.
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