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A's prospect Michael Ynoa to undergo Tommy John surgery

Aug 13, 2010, 5:33 PM EDT

Michael Ynoa almost immediately had arm problems after the A’s signed him out of the Dominican Republic as a 16-year-old for an international record $4.25 million in 2008 and today the team announced that he’ll undergo Tommy John elbow surgery.
Ynoa has appeared in just three pro games, all this season, tossing nine innings with a 5.00 ERA and 11/4 K/BB ratio at rookie-ball. His fastball was clocked in the mid-90s before he was shut down, but now he’ll miss most and perhaps all of next season.
Of course, he’s so young that even missing all of next season would leave Ynoa coming back in 2012 as a 20-year-old. Interestingly, as Ben Badler of Baseball America notes the A’s will need to protect Ynoa from the Rule 5 draft by placing him on the 40-man roster after the 2012 season, at which point he’ll likely still be at Single-A.

  1. APBA Guy - Aug 13, 2010 at 6:05 PM

    This isn’t at all unusual. When I was at a Detroit/Houston rookie league game last year in Florida the Astros had 7 guys sitting out with TJ surgery. Most of those guys will never see AA, unlike Ynoa presumably.

  2. JBerardi - Aug 13, 2010 at 8:55 PM

    How’d this guy blow up his arm while not pitching in more than three games since he was signed two years ago? Way to handle your pitching prospects, As.

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