Already on the 60-day disabled list with bone spurs, the New York Yankees announced on Saturday that pitcher Ben Heller has undergone Tommy John Surgery.
On Friday, RHP Ben Heller underwent “Tommy John” surgery, which also involved removing a bone spur from his right elbow. The procedure was performed by Dr. Christopher Ahmad.
— Yankees PR Dept. (@YankeesPR) April 7, 2018
This means that the 26-year-old reliever will miss the remainder of the 2018 season and most of the 2019 campaign. Such is the nature of the beast when we’re talking about UCL injuries.
A former late-round pick of the Cleveland Indians, Heller was acquired by New York in the deal that sent Andrew Miller to Ohio back in 2016. Last season at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Heller posted a 5-4 record with a 3.36 ERA in 41 appearances. He was expected to play a role in the Yankees’ bullpen this season.
It’s another big blow for a Yankees squad that has already placed Brandon Drury, CC Sabathia, Jacoby Ellsbury, Aaron Hicks, Greg Bird and Clint Frazier on the DL this season.