The New York Yankees have placed Tommy Kahnle on the 10-day injured list (retroactive to Tuesday) with a right ulnar collateral ligament injury, and it appears as if Kahnle is headed for Tommy John surgery that will put him out for 2020 and jeopardize 2021 as well.
Manager Aaron Boone had termed Kahnle's issue "forearm tightness" during a pre-game Zoom media call earlier Friday afternoon, but the team had changed it to that specific wording above in their official transaction release just before game time against Boston.
“He got an MRI today, and he will see Dr. Ahmad this evening to go through things and evaluate where he’s at,” manager Aaron Boone said of Kahnle earlier Friday. “We’ll hopefully have a clearer picture on that here later.”
Kahnle did not pitch in either game of the Orioles series, and Boone said that was a factor of Kahnle starting to feel the tightness during Tuesday’s workout at Camden Yards.
“We had the couple days down on Philly, and he felt it when we went to our workout at Camden Yards on Tuesday night,” Boone said. “He didn’t throw because he felt some tightness, and Wednesday, when he went out there, he shut down his throwing. So, we’ll see where we’re at tonight.”
Kahnle was spotted warming up in the late innings of Thursday’s win over Baltimore, but sat down and was not used, with Boone saying only “he was not available.” Now, it appears that may have been an attempt to gauge the injury.
Forearm tightness is often a harbinger or a precursor to numerous further maladies, up to and including arm strains and/or UCL issues, but Boone did not want to speculate without knowing what the testing had found.
“Certainly a concern when you shut him down from throwing, but I don’t want to get too speculative. Let’s see what we have from the MRI and the meeting with Dr. Ahmad and go from there,” Boone said.
Following the Yankees' Friday night win over Boston, though, that tone unfortunately changed.
"So, he's probably headed for (Tommy John) surgery; it's just one of those where your heart goes out to Tommy, knowing that it's a significant injury that has to get taken care of now," Boone said.