Thursday January 8th, 2015

New York Yankees pitching prospect Ty Hensley was allegedly the victim of a brutal attack, his attorney, Rob Martin, said in a statement released to SB Nation.

The statement says that Hensley was hospitalized after being assaulted in Oklahoma City. Hensley was allegedly knocked unconscious.

Martin reportedly said he anticipates charges will be filed against the assailant.

"On behalf of Ty Hensley and his family, we are able to confirm that Ty was hospitalized after being brutally attacked and assaulted over the holidays in Oklahoma City.

Ty was treated and released from the hospital and is presently recovering at home from the injuries he sustained after being knocked unconscious in this vicious attack. Ty and his family are grateful for all of the support, thoughts, and prayers he's received from friends, fans, and well-wishers. We respectfully request privacy during this difficult time.

For those of us that know Ty best, this attack was shocking and disturbing both in it’s severity as well as the fact that it could not have happened to a nicer, more good-natured young man. While Ty always handles adversity remarkably well, he’s taken it to a new level in meeting this challenge head on. His pain tolerance, attitude, and determination to get back on the mound as soon as possible are literally off-the-charts. This is a young man with rare character and unbelievable toughness. Please direct all media inquiries to his attorneys Rob Martin (ICON Sports) & Jacob Diesselhorst (Maples, Nix & Diesselhorst). Thank you."

Hensley reportedly suffered facial fractures in the attack.

Hensley, 21, was a first-round pick in the 2012 draft. He posted a 2.93 ERA with 40 strikeouts and 11 walks over 30 2/3 innings in the minor leagues in 2014 after siting out 2013 following hip surgery.

- Chris Johnson

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