Yankees RHP Michael Pineda will undergo Tommy John surgery on Tuesday in Cincinnati, the team announced.
Pineda had his right UCL injury examined by Reds Medical Director Dr. Timothy Kremchek on Monday, with Kremchek agreeing with the initial recommandation of Tommy John surgery.
Pineda was placed on the 10-day DL on Friday, but wanted a second opinion before deciding whether to have the surgery, which will mean a recovery time of 12-to-18 months.
The 28-year-old Pineda posted a 4.39 ERA and 1.29 WHIP with 92 strikeouts and 21 walks in 96 1/3 innings (17 starts) this season. He gave up five runs (including three home runs) in 3.0 innings during his last start.
He is earning $7.4 million this year and is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent after the season.
Cashman said Chance Adams could be an option as a rotation fill-in eventually, but the team will use Bryan Mitchell and Luis Cessa in the starting rotation for now.
July 14: What a seemingly terrible end to Pineda's tenure with the Yankees.
Pineda's time in New York had its ups and downs, to the point that "Big Mike" was often "The Big Enigma." In 2017, Pineda's walk year, some figured that the right-hander would capitalize on a slim free agent market this coming offseason. Instead, he'll be rehabbing in some fashion.
I speculated earlier Friday that Pineda's inconsistencies made him a potential trade candidate in order to bring up a Triple-A arm, but that's obviously not going to happen now.
Yankees GM Cashman will stick with the kids who have some experience for this short term (Mitchell and Cessa), but I would expect the Yankees to get Chance Adams a shot before looking to make a trade. Regardless, the Yankees rotation depth will surely be put to the test.