Pineda to have Tommy John surgery


The injury woes for Michael Pineda continue, as it was announced Friday that the New York Yankees pitcher has a partial UCL tear in his right elbow, according to's Max Wildstein.

The Yankees also announced first baseman Greg Bird also is seeking a doctor's second opinion about having surgery for inflammation in his ankle.

The Yankees second half of the season has yet to begin and already there is disturbing news on the starting pitching front. Some speculated that maybe one or both players were injured because the Yankees also brought up lefty pitcher Jordan Montgomery, who was sent down to the minors before the All-Star break and wasn't supposed to come back up to NY so soon. Michael Pineda might be out for the year.

Pineda is 8-4 this season with a 4.65 ERA.

One option for general manager Brian Cashman could be to move Pineda to the 60-day DL and bring up Chance Adams from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

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The team would be hard pressed to find someone in their system other than Adams who is "ready" to make the jump to the big leagues and square into the middle of a pennant race.

The Yankees do have depth in their rotation with CC Sabathia, Luis Severino and Masahiro Tanaka to get by without Pineda, although Tanaka's struggled mightily this season.

Rookie lefty Jordan Montgomery was recalled from Triple-A Scranton and will start Friday's series opener against Boston.

One thing you can say for certain about the Yankees this season is they sure aren't boring.