YANKEES’ PINEDA TO HAVE SURGERY
Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda will undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery Tuesday, the team announced.
Pineda agreed to have the operation Monday after having his injured right elbow examined in Cincinnati by Dr. Timothy Kremchek, who agreed with the Yankees’ original recommendation for surgery.
Kremchek will perform the surgery Tuesday in Cincinnati. Pineda was diagnosed with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow last Friday.
Bird to have foot surgery.
Yankees first baseman and Grandview High School graduate Greg Bird’s season is probably over because he will need surgery to remove a bone in his foot.
After missing all of 2016 following shoulder surgery, Bird has played in only 19 games this season, batting .100.
“It’s really tough to get on track when you missed two really whole years,” manager Joe Girardi said.
Girardi wouldn’t say if he looked at Bird as the team’s starting first baseman for 2018.
Bird, 24, led the Grapefruit League in home runs with seven before fouling a ball off his right ankle in the final days of spring training. He played through it but was unsuccessful at the plate, which forced him to the DL with what the team described as a bruised bone in the ankle. He has attempted to come back through minor-league rehabs, but, though doctors had problems locating the issue, he didn’t feel right.
Mets pitchers start throwing.
YORK» Noah Syndergaard NEW and Matt Harvey began their throwing programs, playing catch together at Citi Field in their first steps toward returning to the mound for the Mets.
Whether either one gets back in time to make a difference this season remains to be seen.
On the mend from significant injuries, both right-handers said they felt good — but neither would put a timetable on his recovery.