Yankees RHP prospect James Kaprielian will take a couple of days to decide whether or not he will have surgery on his right elbow, GM Brian Cashman told reporters Wednesday.
"Clearly you don't bounce around the country if the surgical option isn't on the table," Cashman said.
Mannager Joe Girardi told reporters earlier Wednesday that there was no update on Kaprielian's status.
Kaprielian was examined in California on Tuesday and the Yankees expect clarity soon.
He had been expected to undergo an MRI and dye contrast MRI, and GM Brian Cashman said over the weekend that the level of concern regarding Kaprielian was high.
Kaprielian, 23, was limited to 18 innings last season because of a right flexor strain.
Rated as the Yankees' No.9 prospect by MLBPipeline.com, Kaprielian was able to make just three starts with Class A Tampa, striking out 22 batters while walking three.
Kaprielian, who was the Yankees' first round pick (16th overall) in the 2015 MLB Draft, also spent time pitching in the Arizona Fall League last season, where he sat in the mid-90s while reaching 97mph with his fastball.
"I want to be a No. 1. I want to be the guy and I want the ball," he said in January. "I'm a competitor. I'm not going to go out of my way [to announce that] unless you ask me, but, yeah, I want the ball. I want to be the guy. I want to be the ace. There's a lot of guys in our organization who are like that."
April 6: Another April, and another shutdown due to elbow pain for Kaprielian. A second injury within a year centering on an elbow for a pitcher brings increased anxiety.
The Yankees have mostly treated Kaprielian with kid gloves -- the exception might be pitching him in a spring training game when they had said days earlier he would not pitch in an MLB spring game.
Kaprielian's talent is widely praised by scouts across the game, but the minimal amount of time he's been able to be on the field since being drafted has tempered my perception of his ceiling.
Of course, Kaprielian could come out of this and perform to the level many expect, but it's hard to speculate future production and his ascent to the majors until he can maintain his health for an extended period. Talent is great, but if a player cannot stay on the field, it doesn't do anyone any good.