Yanks left-hander Lindgren to have Tommy John surgery

NEW YORK (AP) Yankees left-hander Jacob Lindgren will have Tommy John surgery Friday, an injury that likely will sideline him until the 2018 season.

New York said Wednesday that team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad will operate at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

Lindgren, 23, was a second-round draft pick in 2014 and made his major league debut on May 25 last year. He showed promise in seven relief appearances through June 12 and was sent back to Triple-A the following day. The Yankees said June 21 he needed surgery to remove a bone spur from his pitching elbow.

Lindgren did not pitch again until this year. He struggled in spring training, allowing four runs, one hit, four walks and two hit batters in 2 1/3 innings over three big league exhibition games. He was 1-0 with a 2.57 ERA in six relief appearances for Class A Tampa in April, then was sidelined again because of the elbow. He pitched a simulated game for the Yankees last Saturday.

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