Chase Whitley undergoes Tommy John Surgery

Chase Whitley 2The New York Yankees have announced Chase Whitley underwent Tommy John Surgery in New York City this morning, effectively ending his 2015 season. The surgery was performed by Dr. Chris Ahmad.

Joe Girardi told reporters before tonight’s game that doctors found Whitley’s ligament in terrible shape, which left no other option besides Tommy John Surgery.

“The way I understood it, there were only a few fibers left,” Girardi said. “So maybe he had a couple pitches left and it would have been completely gone. It was the right choice on his part.”

While it was the right choice, it also put an end to what was a promising year for the young right-hander; he had a 4.19 ERA with 16 strikeouts in 19.1 innings of work after taking Masahiro Tanaka‘s spot in the rotation following a forearm and wrist strain.

Whitley is expected to be out for the next 12-18 months, which means he could return towards the end of the 2016 season.

This entry was posted in Yankees Injury News and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.