Toronto Blue Jays reliever Kirby Yates is set to undergo Tommy John-type surgery on his right elbow, leaving him out of the season this season, manager Ross Atkins announced Tuesday.
Jays general manager Ross Atkins said the 33-year-old pitcher suffers from strained flexors and pronators.
Yates was one of the pitchers approached for the No. 1 reliever role after signing a one-season contract worth US $ 5.5 million this winter.
The 33-year-old Yates made just six outings with the San Diego Padres last season before undergoing surgery to remove broken bones in his right elbow.
Yates appeared in the 2019 All-Star Game with the Padres, a year in which he recorded 41 saves and posted an earned-run average of 1.19.
Meanwhile, center fielder George Springer is struggling with a strained stomach and should be sidelined for a few more days. However, he is expected to be at his post in the Jays’ first game on 1er april.
Springer signed a six-year, $ 150 million contract, the organization’s most onerous.