Toronto Blue Jays GM: ‘Kirby Yates likely to have Tommy John surgery’

Aug 7, 2020; San Diego, California, USA; San Diego Padres relief pitcher Kirby Yates (39) pitches during the ninth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Blue Jays closer Kirby Yates likely will undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery on his pitching arm, general manager Ross Atkins announced Tuesday.

“It’s most likely going to be a Tommy John revision,” Atkins said. “Still very fresh with the information. But that’s the most likely outcome.”

Atkins’ comment came on the heels of Yates undergoing an MRI after initially being diagnosed with a flexor-pronator strain.

An All-Star in 2019 with the San Diego Padres, Yates signed a one-year, $5.5 million deal with Toronto in the offseason.

He last pitched against the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday in just his second appearance of the spring. In two total innings, he gave up two hits and struck out two.

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Yates, who turns 34 on Thursday, appeared in just six games for the Padres last season before having surgery in August to remove bone chips from his pitching elbow. In 2019, he had an 0-5 record in 60 games, but led the major leagues with 41 saves. He struck out 101 batters in 60 2/3 innings.

In seven seasons, Yates has a career record of 12-17 and a 3.54 ERA. He averages 12.8 strikeouts per nine innings.

Right-handers Jordan Romano and Rafael Dolis now are options to close games for Toronto.

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–Field Level Media