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Jacob Lindgren

New York Yankees relief pitcher Jacob Lindgren (65) pitches against the Houston Astros during the ninth inning at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Butch Dill)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Jacob Lindgren (65) pitches against the Houston Astros during the ninth inning at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Butch Dill)

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.

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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

The Yankees can come up with as many blueprints for a successful draft as they want, but drafting baseball players is not an easy science. And they'll have another chance when the 2016 MLB Amateur Draft kicks off tonight.

In recent seasons, their farm system has climbed the rankings among MLB clubs, according to many publications that concentrate on the minor leagues. The improvement is due in part to some mild success the Yankees have had in recent drafts.

But the Yankees have still failed to draft a difference-maker in the first round since Gerrit Cole in 2008 -- except he did not sign -- so, make that since they grabbed Derek Jeter in 1992. The last Yankees first round pick to get even a smattering of big league time was Slade Heathcott (2009), who was unconditionally released a couple of weeks ago. 

Tags: Adam Warren, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Dellin Betances, Greg Bird, Jacob Lindgren, John Ryan Murphy, Rob Refsnyder
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Fans watch as New York Yankees players workout in the bullpen during practice at George M. Steinbrenner Stadium. (Butch Dill)
Fans watch as New York Yankees players workout in the bullpen during practice at George M. Steinbrenner Stadium. (Butch Dill)

Yes, the New York Yankees have compiled one of the best backend of the bullpen combinations in all of baseball. But, in doing so, have the Yankees neglected to pay enough attention to how the club will reach the dominant combination of Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman?

We touched on the fact that the starting rotation held some of the responsibility some weeks back, mentioning the importance of each member's ability to pitch deeper into games if they wanted to be considered an ace. Even if this improves across the line, the backend of the bullpen cannot pitch daily.

This makes the relievers charged with providing middle relief innings, as well as aiding the backend of the bullpen when rest is needed, quite important. To that end, the Yankees have decided to take a pretty big chance on relatively inexperienced relievers.

Tags: Ivan Nova, Andrew Miller, Branden Pinder, Bryan Mitchell, CC Sabathia, Chasen Shreve, Dellin Betances, Jacob Lindgren, James Pazos, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Nathan Eovaldi, Nick Goody, Nick Rumbelow
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