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

Michael Pineda

Michael Pineda

Tommy John surgery has been recommended, although Pineda will receive a second opinion before deciding what to do. The Athletics transferred him to the 60-day disabled list prior to the All-Star break when his rehab process was stalled.

Yankees righthander Michael Pineda has been diagnosed with a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, general manager Brian Cashman told reporters on Friday.

The Yankees will get a second opinion but it's nearly certain that the initial diagnosis is correct.

The Yankees will open the second half of the season without Michael Pineda - and he likely will be sidelined for much longer.

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Their best player is now gone, as Hayward joined the Celtics, and the 2017/2018 season might be a tougher challenge for the Jazz . The Swiss player was a starter the previous five seasons with Oklahoma City and is regarded as a top defender.

Before the news about Pineda's injury was revealed, the team had announced their starters for their four-game series this weekend in Boston and both Pineda and CC Sabathia were omitted. Cashman said that Mitchell, along with Luis Cessa and Chance Adams, would be considered for more permanent spots in the rotation. Brian Mitchell is starting the first game of Sunday's doubleheader with Masahiro Tanaka starting on Sunday night. He went 5-6 in his first 12 starts of the year and pitched to a 4.27 ERA, 2.6 BB/9 and 6.9 SO/9 through 65 1/3 innings. He was traded to the Yankees after that 2011 campaign.

One thing you can say for certain about the Yankees this season is they sure aren't boring.

As for Pineda, this is his walk year.

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