Yankees prospect Ty Hensley needs a second Tommy John surgery, adding to the injury woes that have plagued him since being drafted by the team in 2012. Injuries started for Hensley right after he was drafted when a shoulder abnormality discovered on his physical cost him a good chunk of his signing bonus. Surgery for a hip impingement cost him an entire year in 2013 and he lost his entire 2015 to his first Tommy John surgery. Hensley was also hospitalized after an offseason assault last year to add to his bad luck.
In more optimistic news, pitchers Austin DeCarr and Domingo German are both doing well in their recovery from Tommy John surgery. Domingo Acevedo and Trey Amburgey are both currently on the disabled list with hamstring injuries, and both are working toward a return, though no date was given for when they will return to the field.
The best news comes on James Kaprielian, who is scheduled to begin a throwing program in the next couple days after being shut down due to elbow inflammation last month. He was doing very well before the injury, and having him back sooner than later is certainly welcome.
Unfortunately, the news isn't as good for Jacob Lindgren. He was shut down with an elbow issue last month while trying to make it back from surgery that removed bone spurs from his elbow last year. He is still just resting and not even throwing to this point. He could be a huge help at the big league level if he can get healthy at some point, but that is looking like a big if at this point.
The Yankees have signed left-hander Neal Cotts to a minor league deal and assigned him to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He will serve as another potential Scranton Shuttle rider if the team needs an extra arm in the bullpen at any point this season.