Sunday June 21st, 2015

New York Yankees righthander Sergio Santos will have Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow and miss the remainder of the season, the team announced on Sunday.

Santos, 31, signed a minor-league deal with the Yankees on June 9. After appearing in two major-league games with New York, he was placed on the disabled list on Friday with right elbow inflammation.

Over those two appearances, Santos pitched three innings and allowed two runs on three hits with three strikeouts and zero walks, finishing both games. His last outing came June 15 against the Marlins in Miami, when Santos entered in the eighth inning with bases loaded and no outs. He escaped the jam without allowing a run, striking out two batters in the process.

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“He had [an] elbow issue last year, and he chose to rehab it and it manifested this year. It’s disappointing because we saw what he was capable of doing down in Florida,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi told reporters. “He’s heartbroken. It was difficult for him.”

Before coming to the Yankees, Santos appeared in 12 games with the Los Angeles Dodgers, allowing seven runs on 13 hits over 13 1/3 innings.

Over his six years in the majors, Santos is 7–12 with a 3.98 ERA over 194 relief appearances with the Chicago White Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, Dodgers and Yankees.

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In a corresponding move, the Yankees called up righthander Danny Burawa from Triple A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Burawa, 26, was 1–1 over 26 appearances for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this season with a 1.75 ERA over 36 innings. Outfielder Ramon Flores was also called up from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

The Yankees also encountered an injury situation with lefthander Jacob Lindgren, who requires surgery to remove a bone spur from his pitching elbow and will miss up to 12 weeks, and outfielder Mason Williams, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.

Mike Fiammetta

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