Yankees pitching prospect Albert Abreu left his start with the Trenton Thunder on Tuesday after about 20 pitches due to an apparent injury, the team announced.
The 23-year-old, who is ranked the Yankees' No. 4 prospect by MLB Pipeline, appeared to be pointing to his shoulder during a brief discussion on the mound with his coaches following an 89 mph passed ball, per Greg Johnson of The Trentonian.
After the game, Thunder manager Patrick Osborn said that Abreu felt soreness and tightness in his right bicep and will undergo an MRI on Wednesday. He added he does not believe it is shoulder or elbow related.
Abreu is a potential trade piece the Yankees could use in an effort to land a starting pitcher before the July 31 trade deadline.
The right-hander has had an up-and-down season with Double-A Trenton, struggling with his command while posting a 5-7 record with a 3.72 ERA and 1.57 WHIP. Yet Abreu is lauded for the stuff in his repertoire.
Per MLB Pipeline, Abreu has plus fastball that ranges from 94-98 mph that he can occasionally pump up to triple digits with some sink and run. His breaking ball is tough on right-handers while he has developed a changeup that can shut down left-handed hitters. His slider velocity is in the mid-80s.