New York Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda will have Tommy John surgery
The New York Yankees have announced that Michael Pineda will indeed have Tommy John surgery to repair his partially torn right ulnar collateral ligament, with the surgery scheduled to be performed by Reds Medical Director Dr. Timothy Kremchek in Cincinnati on Tuesday.
The Yankees revealed last week that Pineda had suffered the partial UCL tear, and that team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad's recommendation was for the righty to have Tommy John surgery. Pineda sought a second opinion and saw Dr. Kremchek on Monday, but Dr. Kremchek agreed with Dr. Ahmad's recommendation, and the surgery was scheduled.
Pineda, 28, was 8-4 with a 4.39 ERA in 17 starts for the Yankees this season, and 31-31 with a 4.16 ERA in 89 total starts for the team over the last four seasons. He was originally acquired from Seattle in January 2012 in exchange for catcher Jesus Montero, but a torn labrum in his right shoulder sidelined Pineda for all of that season and limited him to just 10 minor-league starts in 2013.
The right-hander will become a free agent this winter, but is likely to miss most if not all of 2018 recovering from the surgery.