The New York Yankees have officially announced that right-handed starting pitcher Michael Pineda will be undergoing Tommy John surgery after all. While such a procedure will take place on Tuesday in Cincinnati, Pineda had his initial Tommy John surgery recommendation confirmed on Monday by Reds medical director Dr. Timothy Kremchek.
Initially diagnosed with a partially torn UCL in his throwing elbow, the veteran right-hander currently finds himself on the Yankees’ 60-day disabled list. The typical timetable for an eventual return is around one year — if not longer.
Michael Pineda had TJ recommendation confirmed today by Reds Medical Director Dr. Timothy Kremchek, who will perform surgery Tues. in Cinci.
— Yankees PR Dept. (@YankeesPR) July 17, 2017
After spending one season in the pacific northwest as a member of the Seattle Mariners back in 2011, the 28-year-old hurler has since spent four go-rounds with the Yankees. Making 17 appearances this time around, before encountering the elbow trouble, Pineda amassed a total of 96.1 innings of work in all in 2017. During that same span, he compiled a 4.39 ERA alongside an 8-4 record and 92 strikeouts against 21 walks.
For his major league career, Pineda has made 117 regular-season appearances while starting each of those outings. Over the course of an even 680 innings of work, he has accumulated a 4.05 career ERA in addition to a 40-41 record. He has also struck out 687 opposing batters while walking 157 others along the way.
Of his 117 career regular-season appearances atop the highest level, only 28 of them came as a member of the Mariners. He arrived in the Big Apple in 2014.