James Kaprielian, the New York Yankees’ top pitching prospect, will have Tommy John surgery next week and be sidelined until 2018.
The team said Dr. Neal ElAttrache will operate Tuesday on the 23-year-old right-hander out of UCLA, who was taken with the 16th overall pick in the 2015 amateur draft.
Kaprielian’s 2016 season was cut short in April after his third start at Class-A Tampa because of a strained right flexor tendon. He returned to pitch in the Arizona Fall League and went 2-3 with a 4.33 ERA in seven starts, striking out 26 in 27 innings.
He was limited to one major league spring-training appearance, striking out three in two scoreless innings against...