Michael Pineda Has Torn Elbow, Seems Headed For Tommy John

Michael Pineda Has Torn Elbow, Seems Headed For Tommy John
July 14 17:53 2017 Print This Article

BOSTON — The Yankees’ second half is off to a miserable start — and they haven’t even taken the field. Michael Pineda has been diagnosed with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and is headed to Tommy John surgery, general manager Brian Cashman said Friday on a conference call.

Pineda is getting a second opinion, Cashman added. Surgery would keep Pineda sidelined possibly until 2019. The 28-year-old will become a free agent after this season, meaning his stint in pinstripes is likely over.

The Yankees’ rotation was already dealing with plenty of issues: Masahiro Tanaka suffered through an ugly first half, CC Sabathia spent time on the DL after injuring his hamstring and Pineda was struggling after a fast start. He is 8-4 with a 4.39 ERA in 17 starts this season.

The pitching woes contributed to the Yankees’ 7-18 stretch to close the first half that spoiled what had been an excellent start to the season.

Now, Pineda’s absence leaves a sizable void in the rotation, with two-plus weeks remaining until the trade deadline.
For his Yankees career, the often-frustrating Pineda is 31-31 with a 4.16 ERA.

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