Ty Hensley out for season following Tommy John surgery

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Well this is awful. Alexis Brudnicki reports right-hander Ty Hensley had Tommy John surgery last month and will miss the 2015 season. Dr. James Andrews performed the procedure. Hensley reported to Spring Training as a healthy player after being viciously attacked during the holidays.

Hensley told Brudnicki he hurt his elbow pitching in a minor league game. “I was throwing against the Pirates and I got two outs and then threw a pitch and my forearm starting getting really tight …. When I was warming up for the second inning it was really, really tight, but as the inning went on, it started getting better so I didn’t think too much of it,” he said. Here’s more:

“As far as one thing after the other, with the whole hip surgery thing and my ab surgery—call it what you want, but I call that a fluke because, it’s just weird,” Hensley said. “Now this on the other hand, it’s an elbow injury. I know it takes time and I’m going to have to learn how to throw again, but I’m confident.

“I’ve gone through some stuff and gotten through it already so at the end it’s going to be no big deal. I’m going to get through it just fine and I’m going to throw harder, my stuff is going to be better, and I’ll be stronger and better for it.”

The Yankees selected the 21-year-old Hensley with the 30th overall pick in the 2012 draft and injuries have limited him to only 42.1 pro innings. The Yankees reduced Hensley’s signing bonus from $1.6M to $1.2M after they found an “abnormality” in his shoulder during a physical, then he missed the entire 2013 season and the start of the 2014 season after having surgery to repair both hips as well as a hernia. Now he’ll miss all of 2015 after having his elbow rebuilt.

The minor league season doesn’t start until Thursday, yet the Yankees have already lost three top 30 prospects — three top 18 prospects, really — for the season. Domingo German (No. 11) and Hensley (No. 18) have both had Tommy John surgery and Luis Torrens (No. 6) had shoulder surgery. That’s brutal. The injury bug isn’t messing around this year. It bit hard and early.

Monday Night Open Thread
Biggest issue for Masahiro Tanaka is trust in his elbow, not fastball velocity
  • Farewell Mo and Jeet

    What a horrible break for Hensley. MLB really needs to invest some major money to figure out what can be done to mitigate these UCL tears. To call it an epidemic is the understatement of the year and if it continues, it’s gonna affect the product on the field.

    • Pete22

      Kids hardly thrown since drafted. Snake bitten. 2 hip labrum surgeries, getting beat up by an ex football player and breaking his jaw, and now this. Too bad. Maybe he can stay healthy after this one.

    • http://fakediesel.com Isaac F.D. Yankem

      Options for mitigating UCL tears:

      a) MLB bans breaking pitches and/or throwing too fast. Possibly switches back to the underhand toss, drastically increases size of baseball.

      b) Pitching machines. The manager of the team on defense can choose the pitch type and location on an iPad in the dugout. Faster games, no more ruining people’s arms, no more interminable “visits to the mound” and commercial breaks to bring in Clay Rapada to match up with the lefty.

      c) End baseball forever.

      • The Great Gonzo

        In option B, does the pitchers position still get covered by a fielder like in little league?

        • http://fakediesel.com Isaac F.D. Yankem

          No, because that is also a safety issue. We would have to ban bunting to make up for it. If it hurt defense too much, consider a fourth outfielder.

  • Leftballer

    The word going around now is that Camarena might be next to go under the knife.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Jesus.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    Not going to stop rooting for this kid. Shit break after shit break after shit break, though.

    • Farewell Mo and Jeet

      It’s gotta be tough on the psyche to do pretty much nothing other than rehabbing injury after injury for years now. If there’s any justice in the world, this kid will make it in the majors.

  • LazerTown

    So they only have 1 year to actually see him before rule 5.

    • Mustang and The 2015 Upsiders

      Wow
      I just gets better and better

    • RetroRob

      That relates to the question I was asking earlier. If he goes on the DL for a full year does that delay the Rule 5/40-man roster decision?

      • LazerTown

        Pretty sure minor league DL doesn’t delay anything.

        • RetroRob

          Ok, thanks, which is unfortunate in this case.

  • Dirk Diggler

    Hensley’s been unlucky undoubtedly, but it’s not unfair to label the former first round pick a bust at this point.

    Too bad for Ty, who seems like a great kid. Hoping he proves the “bust” label wrong one day.

  • Travis Lincoln

    I wonder if they might shift him to the bullpen after the injuries. Maybe it allows him to stay healthy.

  • Let’s Go Yanks

    Just write it off for now. Dude has to be added to the 40 man after 2016, when he will just be coming back from the 18 month rehab. At least there is Refsnyder from the 2012 draft, assuming they ever let him play.

  • Mustang and The 2015 Upsiders

    Its been this kind of day.
    Pulling for the kid to make it.

  • blake

    Man that kid cannot catch a break

    • Let’s Go Yanks

      Write off Ty Hensley, not the kid. Cars for kids. Kids are underage. Hensley is a grown young adult with millions of dollars in his back pocket if invested well.

      • blake

        Semantics and “kid” is a realitive term ….either way….he can’t catch a break

        • RetroRob

          Of course. It’s been an incredible run of injuries. If he was a position player I’d say he’s heading down the drain, but pitchers are different animals. He still has plenty of time to pull it together as long as he can get his health issues in order. I’ve seen minor leaguers and even those who made it to the major leagues spend years trying to pull it together battling injuries and other issues, and eventually do just that.

          Al Leiter was a great prospect, made it to the majors at 21, then had Dallas Green basically do everything he could to destroy his arm, and then eight years later at 29 began a decade run of excellent pitching. Never bet heavy on young pitchers, but never give up on them either. They are much different than position players. He’s 21-years-old heading off to TJS. Let’s not overreact. Anyone giving up on him is doing so because they emotionally invested too much in him at the start.

          • Some Asshole

            They can also get several leases on life if they have decent pitches. Bullpen work, mostly.

          • David Masino

            Hey man, you must remember that “epic” Dallas Green- inspired start which was in what, mid-April on a cold, rainy night where Al threw like… I dunno, 140 some-odd pitches? Yeah, some real awesome s**t right there… I actually liked Dallas’ outspoken candor, but was surprised because of that and the team’s sliding fortunes that he lasted as long as he did under George, though it wasn’t a long stint anyway…

            Good thing Bucky Dent & the Stumpster were to follow…

      • blake

        Semantics and “kid” is a realitive term ….either way….he can’t catch a break

      • RetroRob

        I’ll write you off first.

    • Chip

      Christian Garcia 2.0

      • Leftballer

        Garcias stuff was FAR better than hensley.

        More like Alan Horne 2.0

        • RetroRob

          Maybe the truth is between.

  • blake

    I hope Hensley is one of those dudes that everyone forgets about and then shows up at like age 26 or 27 in the big leagues and surprises people.

  • rogue

    Yankees mortgage the farm and spend on pitching and defense. Boston eschews pitching and D for batting. So far, the latter is looking better.

    • LazerTown

      I think anyone can beat the Phillies.

    • Chip

      Where exactly did the Yankees mortgage the farm?

      • http://fakediesel.com Isaac F.D. Yankem

        Capuano + Drew. You could buy lots of farms with that $10m.

        • Chip

          ah of course. I thought he was pointing to the slew of prospects that the Yankees traded away this winter…oh wait that didn’t happen.

        • The Great Gonzo

          Especially with the economy in the midwest being what it is and the decline in domestic farming.

      • http://fakediesel.com Isaac F.D. Yankem

        Capuano + Drew. You could buy lots of farms with that $10m.

      • Some Asshole

        Unfortunately it was also an adjustable rate mortgage.

    • Chip

      Where exactly did the Yankees mortgage the farm?

    • Some Asshole

      In one game?

    • Some Asshole

      In one game?

    • Mark Castillo

      This sucks. You mean the season is over after one game? Holly cow who won the world series? So Boston got all the awards? What a year they had.

    • RetroRob

      We appreciate when Red Sox fans leave their IDs open so we don’t have to guess. Yet, then it makes us wonder about your intelligence level.

    • The Great Gonzo

      Thanks for the analysis. Guess we can just cancel the rest of the season. I’ll let the boys at NYCFC know to shut the lights off on their way out.

    • The Great Gonzo

      Also, obligatory Shut Up BGT

  • mike carter

    Why is there a day off for the yankees season just started

    • LazerTown

      Old people need time.

      • mike carter

        Shut up red sox fan

        • Some Asshole

          This is unintentionally very funny.

          • LazerTown

            That I’m a Sox fan? I don’t support losers.

            • Some Asshole

              Exactly. I’m enjoying the misguided diagnosis.

          • http://fakediesel.com Isaac F.D. Yankem

            unintentionally?

          • The Great Gonzo

            Well played on the handle change, BTW. I’m a fan, and not only solely because I inspired it.

    • BigDavey88|formerly BigDavey88

      Because weather doesn’t always cooperate in March/April in the northern states.

  • mike carter

    Why is there a day off for the yankees season just started

  • mike carter

    Yankees are going on a big run just watch its just game 1 its a long season

  • mike carter

    Lets go yankees lets go yankees

  • Pkyankfan69

    Creepiest answer in the history of Jeopardy?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1R-B-BFQwng

    • LazerTown

      That is awesome.

    • RetroRob

      What was the answer?

      • LazerTown

        Puberty I’m assuming.

        • RetroRob

          Ha! I did ask that, but now it makes sense. I think.

  • Deep Thoughts

    Tyborg Hensley. Winner of the 2015 Slade Heathcott Award. “We can rebuild him.”

    Have an uneventful surgery and a good rehab buddy. See you in 2016.

    • RetroRob

      What would “The Six Million Dollar Man” really cost? Even in 1974 dollars is never added up.

      • Some Asshole

        The cost of a pack of Rolos.

        • RetroRob

          Now I want some Rolos.

          • Some Asshole

            You’re welcome.

          • Deep Thoughts

            Hal sez, “Carob-covered raisins are perfectly competitive at a much more reasonable price.”

      • Deep Thoughts

        maybe they used aftermarket parts?

      • dalelama

        Less than Aroid….

        • The A-Train

          Shots fired!

        • The Great Gonzo

          Ok. This was funny.

  • Some Asshole

    I’m curious how this even came to pass, given the previous difficulties and the recovery from this winter’s attack. Was this something that happened during his rehab/training? Maybe something that was lingering and only came to the fore when he picked up a baseball? I don’t know, but best of luck to him. Sure, he has the signing bonus, but he’s still had a dream he’s worked and suffered through to achieve.

  • Mike Ehrmantrout

    What is it, one outta five pitchers have to get this damn surgery? It’s become a pandemic around baseball. Get well soon Ty, rooting for ya!

    • RetroRob

      Seriously, that number is not far off, and make actually underestimate what percentage of MLB pitchers now have had TJS.

    • Pete22

      Its actually 1 out of 6. The good news is that shoulder surgeries which have a much poorer prognosis have declined in about the same amount as TJ cases have increased.

    • http://shhhorsie.com Cheval Anonyme

      Are you some kind of fish? Traut not “trout”.

      • The A-Train

        Nice. That character is so awesome.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        Everyone knows there’s only one actual fish on here.

        Well, there’s Cod as well.

      • The Great Gonzo

        I get the joke, if its a ‘Mike trout meets Breaking Bad’ joke… But for emphasis, I’d capitalize the ‘T’ in Trout.

        If it is in fact a spelling mistake, then get your BB game right, son

      • Mike Ehrmantrout

        My RAB fantasy league draft superstar is Mike Trout followed closely Stephen Drew. It’s more a play on the better show, Better Call Saul, you know the show where Mike lives on. All hail Darkseid.

  • nycsportzfan

    Wtf

  • CashmanNinja

    This is a really tough break for him. The guy simply has no luck and it’s hard not to feel bad for him. He does have age on his side, even when you add in the rehab time. But who knows how effective he’ll be afterward. As he said…he’ll have to re-learn how to pitch. It’s hard enough for established MLB pitchers to come back from that injury let alone a guy who was still a little raw. I have to wonder if maybe his future involves him being moved to the bullpen.

    • The Great Gonzo

      One *could* argue that teaching a 21 year old how to pitch (since he was still learning how to be a professional pitcher) might be easier than teaching a 5 year vet. Like housebreaking a pup.

      Or whatever i have to tell myself to feel better about this…..

  • Mark Rudy

    So I guess we will spend the next 2-3 years fixing this guy, then trade him to the Braves once he is finally healthy because………Banuelos.

  • W.B. Mason Williams

    Players spend half the game in the dugout.

    That part of his game should develop nicely.

    Seriously though, speedy recovery. I’m annoyed that I’ve not seen any highlights of this guy yet.

  • jjyank

    Such a bummer. He’s such an easy guy to root for, it really sucks to see his career take hit after hit.

  • MTU

    If it wasn’t for bad luck this kid would have no luck at all.
    :Eric Claptoned:

    • Cogen777

      More like Albert King.

  • Chip

    Good luck to him. It’s like Christian Garcia 2.0 here.

  • The A-Train

    TIL that Ty Hensley punched a mirror while standing under a ladder being climbed by a black cat and pissing on a leprechaun.

    • Literally Figurative

      While simultaneously being struck by lightning AND being bitten by a great white shark in the desert.

  • Rick

    Poor kid can’t catch a break. If he ever makes it to the bigs, that will be a game I absolutely attend.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      See you there.

      • The Great Gonzo

        I’ll pick you up on the way through

        • David Masino

          And I’ll make it a foursome…

  • Scott

    I really like this kid and was hoping he would take a huge leap forward this year. But after this, I doubt he every pitches for the Yanks big league club. I’m hoping he heals well and doesn’t suffer any setbacks.

    • The Great Gonzo

      In fairness, the kid is only 21. PLENTY of time for him to get back on track as a prospect and hopefully contribute at the big league level at some point.

  • JLC 776

    Damn… this kid has had so many set backs.

    In related news, why didn’t I become a TJS specialist – there seems to be a market there.

  • Tullydew

    B-U-S-T

    Along w/ Brackman, he will go down as one of the worst 1st round draft picks.