Mark J. Rebilas, USA Today

Storylines: New York Yankees pitching prospect James Kaprielian to undergo Tommy John surgery

Yankees top pitching prospect James Kaprielian is set to undergo Tommy John surgery, bringing his 2017 season to an early end. Meanwhile, the Indians' Jason Kipnis suffered no serious injuries in his left hand after taking a hit to it during a rehab game on Wednesday. That and all the other news and notes from around baseball on Thursday...

Top Storylines:

- One of the New York Yankees’ top prospects has just seen his season end right before his eyes. Pitching prospect James Kaprielian is reportedly set to undergo Tommy John surgery per a club announcement. It is a tough break for the righty who has dealt with injuries throughout the past two seasons. He has only been able to throw 56.0 frames of minor league ball. The #6 Yankees ranked prospect per MLB.com will likely miss a good part of the 2018 season as well given the delicate nature when it comes to helping a young pitcher recover from Tommy John surgery. The Yankees have seen their farm system improve dramatically thanks to pair of trades at the deadline in 2016 in which they flipped two of their best relief pitchers in order to restock the farm system. Kaprielian was already in the system prior to that and represented one of the best pitching prospects they’ve had in the system for quite some time. It was believed he held the potential to be a top-of-the-rotation starter for the Yankees, but that is now on hold as he prepares for a long and grueling recovery process. 

Indians News:

- The Cleveland Indians can breathe a sigh of relief. Second baseman Jason Kipnis does not reportedly have a fracture in his left hand, just a little bit of swelling and will not be sidelined for an extended period of time. The second baseman was hit in the left hand during his first at-bat on Wednesday evening while playing in a rehab game with the Akron RubberDucks. There was some concern that his hand was seriously injured, but it appears he dodged a major setback. He is expected to resume playing in rehab games over the weekend. Right now, he is taking a few days off to reduce the swelling.

Other Storylines:

- Houston Astros star shortstop Carlos Correa is reportedly not even considering doing a multi-year extension with the club per Jon Heyman of FanRag. It is hardly a surprise given the young shortstop is just in his third season of professional ball and is not eligible to hit free agency until 2022 and still has not reached his ceiling yet. He already owns a .276/.354/.471 slash line with 43 home runs and 167 RBIs in just 1136 plate appearances in his young career. 

- The Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers have remained in contact regarding a possible deal regarding veteran outfielder Ryan Braun per Jon Morosi of MLB.com. The two clubs nearly came to an agreement on a deal involving the veteran at last year’s trade deadline. A deal couldn’t get done, but it still remains possible that Braun gets shipped to the Dodgers. The Dodgers have one of the league’s worst OPS against left-handed pitching and Braun is notorious for being an excellent batter against southpaws. A trade may get done sooner than later as May 24 represents a significant deadline. If May 24 passes without Braun getting dealt, he will have accumulated 10 years of service time in the MLB, thus giving him full 10-and-5 rights and the ability to veto any trade.  That gives the Brewers incentive to try and move him before then so he does not have too much leverage in trade discussions.


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