Injuries

Top prospect Estevan Florial to undergo wrist surgery, likely to miss 3 months

 

The Yankees’ top outfield prospect, Estevan Florial, requires wrist surgery due to a hamate injury. This will keep the 20-year-old sidelined until at least August.

Florial left Thursday’s action in High-A with a sore wrist, which turned out to be something more severe. In 36 games with Tampa this season, he had a .246/.353./.343 line with a homer and 10 RBI.

“Hopefully it’s just a little bump in the road,” Aaron Boone told Newsday on Friday. “I had surgery on my hamate too and recall it not being that long of a thing. Hopefully it’s just a little break in the action.

“His is a little different, I hurt mine getting hit by a pitch,” Boone said. “Most time hamate injuries happen from check swings or swings. I don’t know how that effects the time line. But I remember for me, I feel like I played a game again four weeks later.”

The team’s no. 2 overall prospect according to MLB Pipeline got everyone’s attention last season. In split time between Charleston and Tampa, Florial slashed .298/.372/.479 with 13 homers, 23 doubles and 57 RBI in 110 games. This led Brian Cashman to basically make the youngster off limits in trade talks.

Hamate surgery is a fairly common procedure, in which they simply remove the bone from the hand. Like Boone, Giancarlo Stanton has also had the surgery after taking a pitch off his hand back in 2015.

Should everything go according to plan rehab wise, expect to see Florial in the Arizona Fall League to make up for the missed time.

 

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