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Yankees relief pitcher Chad Green exited Thursday's loss to the Orioles in Baltimore with forearm discomfort, and he was placed on the 15-day injured list with what the team termed a "right elbow strain."
Yankees Manager Aaron Boone was asked, in his pregame press conference on Saturday morning, if he had an update, and he said, "No, he's kind of still gathering, making sure we're right on a couple more opinions, so we should have more potentially later in the day, but it looks like a significant injury, but we'll have more for you when we finalize those opinions and decisions are made."
When asked if surgery is on the table, Boone said, "possibly, yeah."
Green was putting together a pretty good season, as he appeared in 14 games, with a record of 1-1 and a 3.00 ERA and threw 15.0 innings, allowing six runs (five earned) on 13 hits and five walks, with 16 strikeouts, which works out to over one per inning.
Boone said of Green's impact in the bullpen, "To start the season and going back to before I got here (Green debuted in 2016, Boone started managing in 2018), he's on that very short list of outastanding relievers in our sport, he's been so consistent, he's been a rock for us, he's just a consistent pitcher, person, just so reliable, and an important part of our team and that room, it's definitely tough."
Boone said of how he has handled the difficult news with one of his top relievers, "It was pretty emotional for me, honestly, you know, Chad's a lot that's right about our sport. It's Chad Green, just in the way he prepares, how he takes care of himself, the professional that he is, the respect he carries in that room, the track record of consistent success, so you know, it's difficult. As far as how he's handled it, he's handled it as good as he can. Those of you that know him, he's just such a consistent person, a pro, strong faith, so he's equipped to handle this, and he certainly will, I think, as well as you can moving forward."