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Jacob Lindgren to undergo bone spur surgery, could miss up to 12 weeks

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This is why the bullpen can't have nice things, apparently.

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When relief prospect Jacob Lindgren was promoted to the Yankees last month, fans hoped that it would be the beginning of an awesome rookie season for last year's top draft pick, nicknamed "the Strikeout Factory" for his explosive repertoire. Unfortunately, 2015 has been far from ideal for the 22-year-old. In seven games, he flashed some serious potential with eight strikeouts and just five hits allowed in seven innings of work. However, his control and command were almost nonexistent, and he gave up homers to the likes of Caleb Joseph. He was recently demoted back to Triple-A, but he never pitched for Scranton, abruptly going on the disabled list shortly thereafter.

Well, the media now knows the extent of Lindgren's injuries. He could be very well gone for the rest of the year:

The 12-week turnaround time would bring the season all the way toward the end of the season, so perhaps it's possible that Lindgren has a smooth rehab and returns in time for September call-ups. Nonetheless, this can only be considered disappointing, although it probably helps explains some of his early jitters.

Lindgren was regarded as the team's highest potential Triple-A reliever, so if the bullpen is to receive a boost in Andrew Miller's absence, it will have to be from Lindgren's former Scranton teammates. Danny Burawa just joined the team today, and Branden Pinder, Jose Ramirez, and Chris Martin have all made appearances with the big club here and there (Pinder is the only one of the three currently with the Yankees). Perhaps Nick Rumbelow or Tyler Webb could help out at some point too, and I would not be shocked at all if the Yankees tried a Brandon Finnegan-type relief cameo at some point with top pitching prospect Luis Severino, too.

Either way, here's hoping that Lindgren's surgery and recovery go as planned. Get well soon, Strikeout Factory!

Lindgren debut