Pitcher Branden Pinder has a partial tear in the UCL in the elbow on his pitching arm, the team announced Saturday morning.
Pinder told NJ.com's Brendan Kuty that he felt pain during his last outing, a one-inning appearance on April 20, and the pain continued into the next day. The pitcher has not yet decided if he will get Tommy John surgery to fix the partial tear. Joe Girardi said a decision regarding surgery will need to happen soon.
Pinder was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday with a right elbow strain and RHP Nick Goody replaced him on the roster.
Outfielder Aaron Hicks will also be sent for an MRI after jamming his shoulder when he dove for a ball in Friday night's game. Girardi told reporters that Hicks "woke up sore."
If Hicks' injury forces a stint on the disabled list, Girardi will have to settle with using Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner on an everyday basis, assuming whoever is called up is strictly there to provide depth. Hicks has been slow to pick it up with the bat this season, but has been stellar in the outfield, including a few highlight-reel plays this week. Unfortunately, when players like Hicks go full throttle in the outfield, injuries occur and the club surely hopes the injury is not a long-term one.
As for Pinder, here is yet another pitcher in a long line suffering a UCL tear (albeit a partial one) in his throwing arm. The loss of Pinder dwindles the slate of young relievers the Yankees like to shuttle from Triple-A, but he is not considered a long-term asset.