Yankees' Michael Pineda Facing Tommy John Surgery

Michael Pineda

With the news that starting pitcher Michael Pineda is facing an extended period of action due to a torn UCL, the New York Yankees are now facing a crossroads in their promising season.

Scott Engel, along with Fantasy BFF's Frank Stampfl and Michael Florio provide some instant analysis of the injury to Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda, who is facing Tommy John surgery to fix a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

Pineda was placed on the 10-day disabled list Friday for the ulnar collateral ligament injury and Cashman said it was the recommendation of the team for him to undergo Tommy John surgery. If that is the chosen procedure, it would end the season for Pineda.

Pineda's last start was on July 5 when he gave up nine hits and five runs in just three innings against the Toronto Blue Jays. He'll get a second opinion, but it's rare for that opinion to change.

The 28-year-old has been able to repeat that success in 2017 with 92 strikeouts in 96.1 innings, and he's also dropped his ERA from 4.82 to 4.39. He'll likely miss all or most of 2018 as well. As with betting the house on any young arm, the chance that he does initially struggle in first taste of the majors could make laying this type of responsibility on a first-time promotion a riskier route than the competing Yankees want to take on. Greg Bird is hoping that another injection for his ankle will help, but surgery is likely.

Cashman told reporters prior to Friday night's road game against the Red Sox that the Yankees will be "careful buyers" as the July 31 trade deadline approaches.

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

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