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Yankees lose a prospect

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Mar 28, 2007 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Right-hander J.B. Cox had surgery performed on his elbow a few days ago by Dr. James Andrews.

It was not Tommy John surgery as some sites have reported. Brian Cashman said that Cox had a ligament repaired but not replaced, which is what Tommy John surgery is.

This is less invasive surgery and Cox may not necessarily miss the entire season.

Another highly touted young reliever, Mark Melancon, had Tommy John surgery this winter. Now the Yankees will focus on developing Kevin Whelan, one of the players obtained from the Tigers for Gary Sheffield.

I was told today their plan is to use him as a middle reliever in Class AA so he can better learn how to pitch by going mutiple innings. If all goes well, he could become a closer down the road.

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