Monday May 18th, 2015

New York Yankees righthanded pitcher Chase Whitley will undergo Tommy John surgery, the team announced on Monday.

The Yankees placed Whitley on the 15-day disabled list last Friday with a right elbow sprain after he exited his Thursday start in the second inning. CBSSports's Jon Heyman then reported that an initial diagnosis suggested Whitley tore his UCL and could require Tommy John surgery.

Whitley opted for the surgery after meeting with New York's team physician. He will have the surgery on Tuesday. 

"It's extremely disappointing, because this kid's done everything that we've asked," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

SI Power Rankings: Hard-hitting Dodgers take first

The 25-year-old gave up nine earned runs in 19 1/3 innings and struck out 16 this season. He was 4–3 with a 5.23 ERA in 24 games in 2014.

Chris Capuano came off the disabled list to take Whitley's spot in the rotation on Sunday. The Yankees lost 6–0 to the Kansas City Royals.

New York (22–17) plays the Nationals in Washington on Tuesday.

- Molly Geary

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide - from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Seth Davis, and more - delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.