NEW YORK — Yankees third baseman Gio Urshela had surgery Friday to remove a bone chip from his right elbow, and New York said his expected recovery time is three months.
Urshela is likely to miss about half of spring training, which starts in mid-February, and will have just a few weeks to get into shape ahead of the opener against Toronto on April 1. Yankees head team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad operated at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.
Urshela was bothered by his throwing arm for much of the pandemic-shortened season. He was placed on the 10-day injured list with a bone spur in his right elbow on Sept. 4 and was activated Sept. 15 after missing 11 games. General manager Brian Cashman said on Oct. 14, five days after the playoff-ending loss to Tampa Bay, that Urshela did not need surgery.
New York purchased the contract of the slick-fielding Urshela from Toronto for $1 on Aug. 4, 2018, and he became the Yankees’ regular third baseman after Miguel Andújar tore the labrum in his right shoulder while sliding headfirst into third base against Baltimore on March 31, 2019.
Urshela hit .314 with 21 homers and 74 RBIs in 2019, though he finished in a 12-for-58 (.207) slide from Sept. 1 on. He batted .238 (5 for 21) with a pair of solo homers in the five-game Division Series loss to Houston.
Urshela batted .298 with six homers and 30 RBIs in 151 at-bats during the 2020 season and slumped with 2 for 19 (.105) with no RBIs in the playoffs. Now 29, he is eligible for salary arbitration for the first time.