Michael Pineda recommended for Tommy John following UCL tear

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New York Yankees right-handed pitcher Michael Pineda has a partial tear of his ulnar collateral ligament and has been recommended to undergo Tommy John surgery while seeking a second opinion, the team announced on Friday.

Pineda is off his shortest outing of the season, a July 5 no-decision against the Toronto Blue Jays. In that start, the right-hander allowed five runs on nine hits — three of which cleared the fence — and one walk as he was pulled after just three innings. The Yankees went on to lose, 7-6.

Pineda is the team leader in wins with eight. April and May both were kind to the 28-year-old after he got the first-start jitters out of the way. Following a loss to the Rays to open up the season, he strung together nine consecutive starts with three or fewer runs while going at least five innings.

June was a different story: Pineda opened the month by allowing five runs on 10 hits to the Blue Jays, which resulted in a 7-5 defeat. After not allowing five or more runs in his first 10 starts, he’s done so in four of his previous seven starts with the team 0-4 in said outings.

Pineda has been with the Yankees since 2014 after he was traded from the Seattle Mariners.

The Yankees enter the second half of the season 45-41 and second in the AL East behind only the Boston Red Sox. The two clubs will square off versus one another at Fenway Park on Friday to start the first of a four-game set.

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