Michael Pineda to get 2nd opinion on Tommy John surgery recommendation

HOUSTON TX- JUNE 30 New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda sits in the dugout in the sixth inning during a MLB baseball game between the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees

The Yankees announced that Pineda was recommended Tommy John as the right-hander seeks a second opinion.

Expectations were set for Adams to potentially see action in the Bronx this year entering the season, and his performance has fortified those beliefs.

Pineda had fought back from a serious shoulder injury when he first arrived to the Yankees in 2012.

This injury will likely put more pressure on Yankee's management, especially Cashman to make a trade for another starting pitcher. General manager Brian Cashman has not ruled out calling Adams up but he did say that for now, Luis Cessa will likely take what would have been Pineda's next start some time next week. He missed all of a year ago after shoulder surgery. Garrett Cooper, who was acquired Thursday in a trade with the Milwaukee Brewers, is starting at first Friday night as NY opens a four-game series with the rival Boston Red Sox.

The good news for the Yankees is that they have options and the injury happened in advance of the trade deadline so they can add to their rotation if that's the route management chooses to go with.

Pineda, who is to become a free agent after the season, is 8-4 with a 4.39 earned run average this season. Masahiro Tanaka, who is supposed to be the team's ace, will not start until the fourth game of the second half on Sunday night against the Red Sox.

The Yankees have lost 17 of their last 25 games.

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.

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