RHP Bryan Mitchell had surgery yesterday to repair the fractured big toe on his left foot, according to Meredith Marakovits of YES. While the Yankees are still waiting on an exact timetable, Mitchell is expected to miss at least four months.
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Yankees RHP Bryan Mitchell will miss at least three months due to a fractured big toe on his left foot, the team announced.
Mitchell also has a fracture of the Sesamoid bone. He'll see a specialist on Monday and surgery is a possibility.
"I felt something but definitely didn't think it was this severe," Mitchell said (Mar. 31).
Manager Joe Girardi had said on Wednesday the 24-year-old Mitchell, who made 20 appearances (two starts) last season, would be on the 25-man roster, likely in a bullpen role. Mitchell had recorded a 3.19 ERA in 31 innings (12 appearances) through the spring.
Last season, Mitchell had a 6.37 ERA in 29 2/3 innings in the majors. He also made 15 starts with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, going 5-5 with a 3.12 ERA.
The news of Mitchell missing at least four months is a certain blow for the Yankees bullpen. It has been a rollercoaster ride the last few days for Mitchell after just being named to the roster.
Mitchell was not considered one of the high-impact pitchers on the roster when spring camp opened, but he pitched himself into the conversation. With Aroldis Chapman out for the first 30 games of the season, the Yankees bullpen hierarchy would be moved up a peg. It was reasonable to think that Mitchell, who has some of the best stuff on the club, would be the second right-handed reliever behind Dellin Betances.
The Yankees have some important decisions to make concerning who makes up the rest of bullpen, with Mitchell's absence and the potential for Andrew Miller to miss time with a chip fracture in his non-pitching hand. If the club stays within to fill the void(s), the experience level of the relief crew will be quite low. Regardless, the Yankees believe in the upside of their young relievers, so I would expect the club to avoid signing a retread off the waiver wire or making a minor trade.