Pineda, Bird ponder surgery
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.