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Yankees' Pineda Has Partial UCL Tear, May Need Tommy John Surgery

15 July 2017

Season-ending Tommy John surgery was recommended but Pineda will go for a second opinion, Cashman said.

Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda has a partial tear in his ulnar collateral ligament and a strained flexor tendon in his right elbow, and doctors have recommended Tommy John surgery to fix the injury, General Manager Brian Cashman said Friday.

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The Yankees will get a second opinion but it's nearly certain that the initial diagnosis is correct. He'll likely miss all or most of 2018 as well.

Pineda was tentatively listed to start the opener tonight in a critical four-game series with the Division leading Boston Red Sox. Bryan Mitchell will start the day game of Sunday's doubleheader.

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Pineda is 8-4 with a 4.39 ERA and 92 strikeouts in 96.1 innings this season for the Yankees. That is what they have done after every other injury this season, so why change now?

Pineda has already seen his career stalled once by a shoulder injury in 2012, the year he arrived in NY in a trade from the Mariners.

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One option for general manager Brian Cashman could be to move Pineda to the 60-day DL and bring up Chance Adams from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He was signed through 2017 and is a free agent after the season, so Yankees fans have likely seen the last of him in pinstripes.

Yankees' Pineda Has Partial UCL Tear, May Need Tommy John Surgery