Pineda, Bird pon­der surgery

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL -

BOS­TON — New York Yan­kees start­ing pitcher Michael Pineda is mulling over what could be sea­son-end­ing surgery af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed with a par­tial lig­a­ment tear in his pitch­ing el­bow.

Gen­eral Man­ager Brian Cash­man also said Fri­day that first base­man Greg Bird could re­quire surgery for a right an­kle is­sue that hasn’t re­sponded to a cor­ti­sone shot. Gar­rett Cooper, who was ac­quired Thurs­day in a trade with the Mil­wau­kee Brew­ers, started at first Fri­day night as New York opened a four-game se­ries with the ri­val Bos­ton Red Sox.

Pineda was placed on the 10-day dis­abled list Fri­day for the ul­nar col­lat­eral lig­a­ment in­jury and Cash­man said it was the rec­om­men­da­tion of the team for him to un­dergo Tommy John surgery.

But Pineda’s in­tent is to get a sec­ond opin­ion be­fore de­cid­ing whether to un­dergo surgery. Bird, who has al­ready had a cor­ti­sone shot on the foot, may have a sec­ond shot or face surgery. Cash­man said surgery would mean a six- to eight-week re­cov­ery pe­riod.

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