Yankees starter Michael Pineda reportedly might need Tommy John surgery

  • Yankees starter Michael Pineda reportedly might need Tommy John surgery

Yankees starter Michael Pineda reportedly might need Tommy John surgery

As a free agent after this season (he's now being paid a nice $7.4 million) chances are slim that the Yankees will have him back for his age-29 season considering his extensive injury history and his probably asking price despite those stints on the DL.

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 also said Friday that first baseman Greg Bird could require surgery for a right ankle issue that hasn't responded to a cortisone shot.

Pineda is 8-4 with a 4.39 ERA and 92 strikeouts in 96.1 innings this season for the Yankees.

If Bird has surgery, he would be out at least another two months.

Due to shoulder tendinitis at the close of spring training in 2012 and a subsequent torn labrum that lead to surgery, Pineda missed all of 2012 and 2013 in the majors.

Garrett Cooper, who the Yankees just acquired to play first base, has joined them for their series this weekend at Fenway Park against AL East rivals Boston.

Holliday, who will bat cleanup on Friday against the Red Sox, has been away from action since June 24 with a viral infection.

Pineda's injury adds to the disarray in the Yankees' starting pitching. He repeatedly has said that he is reluctant to sacrifice any of the top prospects the team has.

Cashman has said that the Yankees would be buyers, yet very careful, as the trade deadline of July 31 approaches. The Yankee GM has said that the team - which now sits 3.5 games behind the Red Sox in the AL East - will be 'careful buyers', which leads one to think that a blockbuster deal may not be in the cards.