/Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda has torn UCL, Tommy John elbow surgery likely

Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda has torn UCL, Tommy John elbow surgery likely

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New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda has been diagnosed with a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, general manager Brian Cashman announced on Friday.

The right-hander will seek a second opinion, but season-ending Tommy John elbow surgery has already been recommended.

Pineda, 28,was 8-4 with a 4.39 ERA in 17 starts for the Yankees this season, with 92 strikeouts in 96 1/3 innings. He had struggled his past seven starts, posting a 6.14 ERA.

Pineda, who has been with the Yankees since 2014, is just two and a half months from reaching free agency.

Prospect Chance Adams is the likely candidate to replace Pineda in the rotation. He is 6-3 with a 2.50 ERA, 0.954 WHIP and 64 strikeouts in 11 starts in Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

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