One of the Yankees top prospects this offseason, outfielder Mason Williams, had season ending shoulder surgery in August, but it sounds like it won’t carry over into 2013 at all as he’s already been cleared to begin working out by doctors, according to his Twitter feed.
This is great news as shoulder surgeries have been known to derail prospects progress toward the majors and as the Yankees attempt to get to $189 million payroll by 2014, they need Williams as soon as possible. With him able to workout now, he’ll have enough time to put in a full offseason of work and should have no problem getting ready by next season. So when it’s all over he’ll have only missed a little more than a month despite having major surgery.
Mad Mase, who recently turned 21, finished the year in High-A Tampa which is where he’ll probably start the 2013 season. He hit .298/.346/.474 in 91 games overall and was ranked as the Yankees No. 3 prospect by Bronx Baseball Daily.