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Niskayuna's Whitley tears labrum

Niskayuna's Whitley tears labrum

2015 first-round pick was gearing up for fourth professional baseball season
Niskayuna's Whitley tears labrum
Garrett Whitley, right, has a torn right labrum.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber

Garrett Whitley, the No. 13 pick in the 2015 MLB amateur draft, is set to miss the start of his fourth professional season.

While getting ready to play another season in the Tampa Bay Rays’ minor league system, the Niskayuna High School graduate suffered a torn right labrum. Whitley confirmed the injury in a text message and that he underwent surgery on Friday.

“Tough times only make the strong even stronger,” Whitley tweeted Friday afternoon, along with a photo of him wearing a sling on his right arm.

General recovery time for a torn labrum is three to six months.

Whitley, 21, has been projected to play this season for the Rays’ Class A-advanced affiliate in Charlotte after hitting .249 with an on-base percentage of .362 and 35 extra-base hits in 358 at-bats for Class A Bowling Green. Of Whitley’s 35 extra-base hits, 13 of them were home runs.

Whitley, an outfielder, also played this past winter in the Australian Baseball League for the Perth Heat. In that league, Whitley hit .265 with an on-base percentage of .384 and 19 extra-base hits in 155 at-bats.

MLB.com’s prospect rankings rate Whitley as the ninth best prospect in the Rays’ system.

Reach Michael Kelly at mkelly@dailygazette.net or @ByMichaelKelly on Twitter.

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