After weighing his options, Yankees prospect James Kaprielian has made an extremely tough decision.
Kaprielian will undergo Tommy John Surgery to repair the flexor tendon strain in his elbow.
Kaprielian battled with the injury during the entire 2016 season, but opted to rehab the elbow. Kaprielian then participated in the Arizona Fall League and was invited to Major League camp in 2017. Because of the elbow, the Yankees brought Kaprielian along slowly, but he ended up making a one-and-done start for the team.
A day before the minor league season went underway, Kaprielian complained of elbow pain, which resulted in the No. 16 overall pick going for an MRI and dye contrast.
Kaprielian will have the surgery on April 18 and the procedure will be done by Dr. Neal ElAttrache. ElAttrache is the team doctor for the Los Angeles Dodgers.