While Green may not be able to pitch again this season, this is great news for both he and the Yankees as he will avoid Tommy John surgery.
It has been recommended by New York’s team doctor Christopher Ahmad that Green showed no damage to his UCL after using dye, and that he should begin rehab for his strained flexor tendon.
“I was hoping for the best and I guess you could consider this, like, the best of the worst-case scenario,” Green said in a report by Chad Jennings of Journal News. “It’s a relief not having to have surgery.”
Green does not foresee any issues and expects to have a normal a normal off-season without any setbacks to be ready for spring training.
Update: September 4, 12:35 PM
The MRI to Yankees pitcher Chad Green brought a sigh of relief and somewhat encouraging news to the Bronx.
Green had a sprained UCL & strained flexor tendon. Will see Yankees team doctor Christopher Ahmad #yankees
Green has a sprained UCL and strained flexor tendon, meaning the diagnosis does not require Green to schedule a surgery at the moment. While it is very likely he will miss the remainder of the season, things could change early next week when he is examined again by Yankees team doctor, Christopher Ahmad.
“It’s obviously not what you want, but I think you wait until Dr. Ahmad sees him and if they decide to run some more tests when we get back,” stated manager Joe Girardi before Saturday night’s game in Baltimore. “So, for the next couple of days, he’ll just undergo treatment, but whenever you hear that, you’re concerned.”
Girardi did not say who will replace Green in the Yankees‘ rotation. It could be Luis Severino, who was recalled as part of the Yankees‘ September call-ups when MLB expanded rosters on September 1. Severino has struggled in a starting role this season, going just 1-8 with a 7.05 ERA and 1.510 WHIP over 52.1 innings.
Girardi wants him as a strong bullpen option through the rest of the series against the Orioles, since they are chasing Baltimore for the last AL Wildcard spot.
“I do want to have Sevy available for these games because I do think they are important games,” he said.
Another option for the Yankees could be Bryan Mitchell. Mitchell has only pitched 21 innings over six games due to a broken toe which he suffered in his final spring appearance. In his last start, which was Friday night against the Buffalo Bisons, he allowed just one run on four hits with six strikeouts over 5.1 innings, throwing 91 pitches in the process.
Friday night’s starting pitcher for the New York Yankees, Chad Green, was forced to leave the game during the second inning due to right elbow pain.
Before leaving the game, Green allowed four runs on five hits, with a pair of walks and three strikeouts in 1.2 innings of work. Green is 2-3 with a 4.09 ERA with 49 strikeouts on the season. He has pitched well for the Yankees since the MLB All-Star break and becoming a regular part of the rotation in August.
He will be evaluated and undergo further testing, but any mention of an elbow injury with a pitcher leaves the thought of Tommy John surgery on your mind.
Stay tuned to Bronx Pinstripes for updates on Green’s injury.