Jacob Lindgren to have surgery to remove bone spur from elbow

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(Presswire)
(Presswire)

Rookie left-hander Jacob Lindgren will have surgery on Monday to remove a bone spur from his elbow, the Yankees announced. Team doctor Dr. Ahmad will perform the procedure and the Yankees say the rehab timetable is “expected to be no more than 12 weeks.”

Lindgren, 22, allowed four runs in seven innings with the Yankees after pitching to a 1.23 ERA (1.93 FIP) in 22 innings with Triple-A Scranton. He allowed three homers in his seven innings with New York and left a lot of pitches up, which could have had something to do with the elbow problem. Maybe, maybe not. Who knows.

I’m not sure how the timing of all this works. I was under the impression the Yankees would have had to call Lindgren back up and place him on the big league DL if he suffered the injury in MLB, allowing him to accrue service time and get big league salary. He was optioned down a few days ago and placed on the Triple-A DL though, and it sounds like that’s where he’s staying. Like I said, I’m not sure how this works.

The 12-week timetable comes close to ending Lindgren’s season — it puts him on target to return in the middle of September. I think the injury makes Lindgren a prime candidate for the Arizona Fall League, which would allow him to make up for some lost innings.

Game 69: Tanaka for the Sweep
Tigers' offense explodes on Tanaka and bullpen as Yanks fall 12-4 on Father's Day
  • Robinson Tilapia

    Pavlovian response to the word “elbow” in 3…2…..

    Get well, Jacob. We want you in pinstripes.

  • Bpdelia

    Technically a bone spur isn’t a injury. At least that’s what I’m guessing they are going with. It’s a very minor issue and there’s no way to know when it chipped off. I’d prefer they be cool and let him rehab collecting the mlb check but it’s definitely possible their position is that the bone spur was a preexisting condition. They can float around for years until the end up lodged in a spot that causes discomfort

  • RetroRob

    Sucks, but it’s not TJS. Timing is probably the worst part. If it happened/was discovered earlier he could have been available for the second half.

    • Pete22

      Bone spurs can develop as a result of looseness in the UCL that allows the bones to rub together and some think it may be a precursor to UCL injury, and in any event raises concern about the health of the UCL

      • RetroRob

        You monitor that concern, Pete, and report back regularly.

  • http://riveraveblues.com/ Mick

    I thought there was something wrong with his delivery.

  • Centaur Hips

    What the heck is going on with our relievers?

    • RetroRob

      What’s happening to our rookie OFers?!

  • dave_8

    It would be nice to get him on the mound in Sept just to officially close the rehab. No more games left at AAA by then but he could get a couple of innings on the big league level.

  • Violet

    maybe he gets some work in for AZFL, or winterball – but see you next year in ST

  • n0exit

    Huge blow. My only guess would be that he suffered the injury in AAA and they decided to keep pitching. Thus not a major league injury.

  • Dos Luises

    Well, this beats “That’s all he’s got?” which was the reaction many of us had when we saw his stuff last week.

    • hansdee

      Well I’ll admit that was my reaction to the amount of hair he had on top of his head.
      Otherwise, I had liked what I saw from him when he pitched at AA and AAA.

  • dalelama

    I was hoping my team had class…oh well.

  • Mark19

    It happened in his second game after he got called up after his debut ! He was competing and trying to keep his spot and thought he could pitch through it but it became more tight and uncomfortable/painful affecting both his location and his velocity! Hopefully the Surgery and rehab goes well and he is back to 100% by September !

    • n0exit

      Where does it say it happened in his second game?

      • Mark19

        He did as I spoke to him on Friday !

  • NH Yankee fan

    Yankees strong suit with the relievers has turned into a glaring weakness. Dropping like flies with injuries and ineffectiveness..

  • http://riveraveblues.com/ Mick

    Ryan Hatch ? @ryanhatch
    Danny Burawa, Jose De Paula being optioned to Triple-A; Yanks expect to sign Diego Moreno, Nick Rumbelow tomorrow. Santos to 60-day DL.

    • hansdee

      You’re on it Mick! Keep it up!

    • MTU

      Glad to see Rumbelow get his shot.

      • http://riveraveblues.com/ Mick

        Not too many prospects left. Maybe they leave Pap in YS but the cost will be prohibitive.

        • MTU

          Not seeing it.

        • RetroRob

          Don’t want him.