Pitching prospect Luis Gil is headed for Tommy John surgery, Yankees manager Aaron Boone confirmed Saturday. The right-hander left his start with Triple-A Scranton on Wednesday night with what Boone said was a significant elbow injury.

Boone said he believes Dr. Christopher Ahmad, the Yankees’ team doctor, will perform the procedure on Tuesday.

Gil made a spot start for the big league club in Chicago last week allowing four earned runs on five hits over four innings. He walked two and struck out six.

He made a big splash when he came up to the big leagues last season. He did not give up a run through his first three starts. He ended up making six emergency starts for the Yankees as they dealt with injuries. The 23-year-old finished with a 3.07 ERA. He struck out 38 over 29.1 innings pitched, but also walked 19.


With the rainout on Friday night, the Yankees rotation will once again need a spot starter. Jameson Taillon and Luis Severino will stay on schedule and pitch in the doubleheader on Sunday. It is likely the Yankees will use JP Sears on Wednesday against the Orioles instead of waiting until their big series against the Rays in St. Petersburg next weekend.

“We’ll kind of see how the next several days kind of unfolds for us,” Boone said.

Sears started for Triple-A Scranton on Friday night, which would line him up for Wednesday’s start.

“JP’s throwing the ball really well. He was gonna start today, but we had him go last night so I think he pitched four-plus innings and threw the ball really well,” Boone said.  “I haven’t watched his outing yet but all reports are that he threw the ball really well yesterday and has been throwing the ball well.”

Sears went 4.2 innings, allowing one earned run on six hits, striking out seven and walking one against Worcester Friday night.

Hayden Wesneski, the Yankees’ sixth-round draft pick in 2019, is a pitcher that could be in the conversation for one of these starts down the road. The right-hander has a 2.31 ERA with 41 strikeouts in 39 innings pitched over eight starts with Triple-A right now. He is not on the 40-man roster, but that can change over the course of this season.

“Wesneski is definitely a guy on the radar who is not on the roster yet, obviously, but definitely a guy that’s pushed himself into our conversation. And certainly someone we’re following and are excited about,” Boone said.

One pitcher who is not in consideration right now is Deivi Garcia. The slight right-hander who broke into the big leagues with a splash in 2020 is struggling at Triple-A. He’s sporting an ugly 9.90 ERA over six Triple-A starts this season. He has struck out 18 and walked 16 over 20 innings pitched.

“Just still struggling,” Boone said. “Some inconsistencies and hopefully we can get him rolling because I do feel like when he came into spring training, I felt like he’s in a pretty good place and made some really good adjustments and threw the ball well in spring,” Boone said. “But so far it’s been a slow start.”


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