In a disheartening turn of events for the New York Yankees, their promising prospect, Jasson Dominguez, who had injected a burst of energy into the team’s performance this September, is now facing an extended period on the sidelines due to a torn UCL. Dominguez’s absence will undoubtedly be felt as the team navigates through the remainder of the season.
The Martian’s Development:
The Yankees had ambitious plans for Dominguez this month, aiming to refine his baseball acumen and elevate his game to even greater heights.
The UCL Injury:
The UCL, situated on the inner side of the elbow, is a critical ligament for baseball players, crucial in facilitating their throwing motion. A complete tear often leads to Tommy John surgery, a procedure synonymous with baseball players facing this type of injury. While the extent of Dominguez’s injury remains uncertain, the prognosis is bleak, potentially sidelining him for the majority of the offseason, if not longer. Regrettably, his season appears to be drawing to a premature close.
Road to Recovery:
As of now, Dominguez has not finalized plans for surgery, according to Boone. Typically, the recovery period for a torn UCL spans between nine and ten months, placing Dominguez’s prospective return in the middle of the upcoming season, possibly around June or July. Given Dominguez’s youth and his status as a pivotal figure in the team’s batting lineup for years to come, the Yankees will exercise caution in his rehabilitation process. They are committed to reintegrating Dominguez at a measured pace, prioritizing his long-term well-being over expediency.
Top New York Yankees prospect Jasson Dominguez has a torn right ulnar collateral ligament, manager Aaron Boone said.
He may very well need Tommy John surgery, though position players can often return within six months of surgery. Dominguez shouldn’t miss much time next season.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) September 10, 2023