Yankees P Ben Heller undergoes Tommy John Surgery

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.

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.