Pineda will have Tommy John surgery today
New York Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda will undergo Tommy John surgery after getting a second opinion for a torn ulnar collateral ligament, the team announced Monday.
Pineda had the UCL injury in his right elbow examined by the Cincinnati Reds medical director, Dr. Timothy Kremchek, who agreed with the original recommendation of Tommy John surgery by the Yankees’ head team physician, Dr. Christopher Ahmad.
The 28-year-old Pineda is scheduled to undergo the surgery today in Cincinnati, to be performed by Kremchek.
Pineda’s last start was on July 5 when he gave up nine hits, including three homers, and five runs in just three innings against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Pineda is 8-4 with a 4.39 ERA and 92 strikeouts over 96∑innings in 17 starts this season. He was 6-2 with a 3.32 ERA in the first two months of the season.
“It’s pretty devastating,” Yankees managerJoeGirarditoldreportersFridaywhen the team first made the announcement. “It was devastating for him. He understands what it’s like to work back from a serious injury, and now he’s got to do it again.” Pineda missed all of 2012 while rehabbing from a right shoulder tear.
In other Yankees injury news, first baseman Greg Bird will need surgery to remove a bone in his ankle, putting his season in jeopardy.
Bird is batting just .100 while playing in 19 games this season after missing all of the 2016 campaign following shoulder surgery.
“It’s really tough to get on track when you missed two really whole years,” Girardi said of Bird, who is expected to resume baseball activities in September.
Bird’s season took a turn for the worse before it began as he fouled a ball of his right ankle in the final days of spring training. The 24-year-old attempted to play through the pain before heading to the disabled list with what the team described as a bone bruise in his ankle.
Garrett Cooper and Ji-Man Choi are platooning at first base for the Yankees, who have started eight players there. Cooper, acquired in a trade with the Milwaukee Brewers last week, picked up his first career hit, a double, Sunday in Boston.
Michael Pineda of the Yankees is facing another long rehab after he undergoes Tommy John surgery today in Cincinnati.