New York Yankees rookie Jasson Dominguez has suffered a torn right ulnar collateral ligament, manager Aaron Boone said Sunday, meaning the dazzling prospect known as ‘The Martian’ might require Tommy John surgery.
The good news is that, unlike pitchers, position players recover relatively quickly from Tommy John – an elbow reconstruction procedure named for the former Dodgers and Yankees pitcher.
As ESPN’s Jeff Passan explained, if Dominguez does have Tommy John, he ‘shouldn’t miss much time next season.’
Dominguez, the 20-year-old from the Dominican Republic, has been a rare bright spot in a dismal Yankees season, hitting four home runs and batting .296 since being called up to the Bronx earlier this month.
The switch-hitter launched a two-run homer Friday, becoming the youngest player since at least 1901 to homer four times in his first seven games.
Yankees rookie Jasson Dominguez has suffered a torn right ulnar collateral ligament
Manager Aaron Boone told reporters about the injury following Sunday’s game
Boone told reporters that Dominguez reported soreness in his elbow and had been receiving treatment during the week although the injury had not been hindering him.
It was not until Dominguez was unable swing the bat with anything near his normal amount of power that the team decided to have him undergo testing which revealed the injury.
Aside from Dominguez’s delightful start to the season preluding his injury, the Yankees have had one of their worst seasons in recent memory as they sit last place in the American League East with a record of 71-72.
As of now the team is also sitting nine games out of the wild card spot.
Several Yankees players have disappointed this season, including pitcher Carlos Rodon, who came to New York as a free agent after signing a six-year, $162 million deal.
Since then, he’s battled injury problems while making just 10 starts and yielding a whopping 34 runs in just 46.1 innings for a 6.60 ERA.