Yankees place RHP James Kaprielian on minor-league disabled listThe righty will undergo two MRIs after dealing with right elbow pain
The New York Yankees announced Thursday morning that RHP James Kaprielian has been placed on the minor-league disabled list with right elbow pain.
Per the team, Kaprielian will undergo both a regular MRI and a dye contrast MRI, and the Yankees will provide a further update once doctor evaluations of the imaging are complete.
Kaprielian, 23, made just three starts last season for Class-A Advanced Tampa before being shut down with a flexor tendon strain in his right arm that cost him the rest of the season. The righty did come back for Instructional League and later pitched 27 innings in the Arizona Fall League, but the Yankees were careful with his workload this spring; he pitched only simulated games before making one two-inning Grapefruit League appearance on March 16 and being re-assigned to minor-league camp the next day.
The Yankees' top pick (No. 16 overall) in 2015, Kaprielian has been limited to just eight regular-season appearances (as well as those 27 AzFL innings) since turning pro. He was 0-1 with a 3.97 ERA in 11 1/3 innings between the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League and Short-Season Class-A Staten Island as a rookie in 2015, and was 2-1 with a 1.50 ERA over 18 innings in his three starts with Tampa last April.
Kaprielian was been scheduled to start Tampa's opener Thursday night, but he had already been pushed back first when the Yankees moved both Jordan Montgomery and Chad Green's first outings to the T-Yanks because of weather concerns for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (whose first two games, Thursday and Friday, at Buffalo are already postponed) and Double-A Trenton (whose scheduled opener in Erie, Penn., is still on as of noon Thursday but in danger of being postponed).