Michael Pineda needs Tommy John surgery

Michael Pineda needs Tommy John surgery

Michael Pineda needs 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 Scout.com's Max Wildstein. While it wouldn't be impossible for Pineda to rehab without undergoing surgery and he is getting a second opinion before making a final decision, things aren't looking great for the 28-year old. If that is the chosen procedure, it would end the season for Pineda. His last start was July 5 against Toronto. He was scheduled to become a free agent for the first time in his career this offseason.

Pineda is 8-4 with a 4.39 ERA and 92 strikeouts over 96 1/3 innings in 17 starts this season. Pineda helped with that confidence and now he might be done this season.

In addition, first baseman Greg Bird, who has missed most of the season with a bruised bone in his ankle, may need surgery for a condition called os trigonum, which is excess bone growth in his foot. At the same time, CC Sabathia returned for the first time on July 4 following a stint on the DL but was roughed up.

Regardless of the outcome, it is safe to say that the Yankees' plan for approaching the upcoming trade deadline could be drastically altered. He repeatedly has said that he is reluctant to sacrifice any of the top prospects the team has.

Of course, the organization could offer him a prove it contract with heavy incentives based on starts in the majors or innings pitched so he can prove he has the ability to stay healthy before he heads to greener pastures.

Copper was acquired by the Yankees on Thursday in a trade with Milwaukee.

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