Pineda will have Tommy John surgery to­day

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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.

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Michael Pineda of the Yan­kees is fac­ing an­other long re­hab af­ter he un­der­goes Tommy John surgery to­day in Cincin­nati.

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