Yankees transfer Michael Pineda to 60-day DL in series of moves

HOUSTON, TX - JUNE 30: New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda (35) delivers the pitch in the first inning of a MLB baseball game between the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees on June 30, 2017 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, TX. (Photo by Juan DeLeon/Icon Sportswire)
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The New York Yankees have transferred right-handed pitcher Michael Pineda to the 60-day disabled list in a series of roster moves, according to the Yankees’ public relations department.

Pineda suffered a partial tear of his right UCL and may face the dreaded Tommy John surgery.

The 28-year-old had gone 8-4 over his first 17 starts of the season, recording a 4.39 ERA. Over 96.1 innings of work, he allowed 103 hits and an alarming 20 home runs, striking out 92 batters.

Pineda is in his fourth season with the Yankees and will be a free agent at the end of the year, meaning he may have pitched his final game in the Bronx.

New York has also recalled right-handers Bryan Mitchell and Domingo German while optioning fellow righties Ben Heller and Jonathan Holder to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Mitchell will be designated as the 26th man for the Yankees’ day-night doubleheader with the Boston Red Sox on Sunday.

Additionally, New York has selected left-hander Caleb Smith to the 25-man roster from Triple-A.

Mitchell has appeared in 12 games out of the Yankees’ bullpen this season, registering a 5.06 ERA across 16 frames of action. He has given up 15 hits while striking out 10 batters.

German has made five relief appearances for New York this year, pitching to the tune of a 3.38 ERA over 10.2 innings while fanning 11 hitters.

This will be Smith’s first go-around on the major-league level. The 25-year-old has pitched in 16 games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this season, starting 15. He has gone 8-0 with a 2.90 ERA, striking out 86 batters in 87 frames of work while allowing just 63 hits.

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