New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda’s season and career with the team might soon be over.
According to ESPN Senior Writer Andrew March, Pineda is facing Tommy John surgery after he was diagnosed with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman announced on Friday that Pineda will first get a second opinion before making a decision on the season-ending surgery.
While with the Yankees, Pineda suffered a shoulder injury that took him nearly two years to recover from. Pineda’s last start was July 5, and this season he is 8-4 with an ERA of 4.39. For the first time in his career, he was set to become a free agent this offseason. Now the team must look to other players to fill Pineda’s spot:
Cashman said Chance Adams “could be” an option to join rotation. For now, Yanks are using Mitchell in Sunday DH and will add Cessa vs Minn.— Jack Curry (@JackCurryYES) July 14, 2017
The Yankees have lost 17 of their last 25 games. They are currently 3 1/2 spots behind the Boston Red Sox in the American League East.