Whitley elects to have Tommy John surgery

Yankees righty exited Wednesday's start after dealing with discomfort

Whitley elects to have Tommy John surgery

WASHINGTON -- Yankees right-hander Chase Whitley has decided to undergo Tommy John surgery following a consultation with team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad on Monday in New York. Ahmad will perform the procedure on Tuesday at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

Whitley exited his start against the Rays last Wednesday in the second inning with what the team initially described as a "right elbow injury." He underwent an MRI examination the next day in Tampa, Fla., and he revealed he had been battling discomfort for at least two starts.

"I have no regrets about it," Whitley said after the MRI. "In my head, I want to pitch. I told you all from the time I got called up last year, I'm here to pitch. It just happened that way."

Whitley enjoyed a strong spring, but he began the season in the Minors so he could be stretched out as a starter. In four big league starts, he was 1-2 with a 4.19 ERA.

"It's extremely disappointing, because this kid's done everything that we've asked," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

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