The Yankees officially announced that Chad Green will have Tommy John surgery.
Green last pitched on Thursday, when he left the game mid at-bat with forearm discomfort. The Yankees feared the injury was “significant” at the time, and that was confirmed with the announcement that he’s going under the knife.
“What Greeny means to this team, and what a great, reliable player he’s been for us, it’s tough news,” Aaron Boone said.
Since 2016, when Green debuted, he’s thrown the most innings of any Yankee reliever.
The team is still trying to determine when, where, and who will perform Green’s operation. The rehabilitation period for Tommy John surgery is typically about a year, which effectively ends Green’s 2022 season.
“With the surgery, there’s usually some certainty to it,” the Yankee manager offered. “It’s usually something that pitchers are able to return from. I know he will. He’s an outstanding athlete that takes great care of himself and has a really good work ethic. I know that, in time, he’ll be fine.
“I expect him to pitch several more years at the level we’ve come to expect.”
FLORIAL UP FOR DOUBLEHEADER
Prior to Sunday’s doubleheader, the Yankees brought up outfielder Estevan Florial to be the 27th man on the roster. Teams are allowed to carry one extra player for doubleheaders.
Florial is hitting .273 in 32 games at Triple-A this season with a 115 wRC+. He’s also nabbed 11 stolen bases. In his limited time in the major leagues last season, Florial posted a .300 batting average in 25 plate appearances. He drew a walk in 20% of those. Both of his MLB at-bats in 2022, which also came in a doubleheader, ended in an out.