BOSTON -- Michael Pineda is expected to miss the remainder of the season after being diagnosed with a flexor muscle strain and a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.
General manager Brian Cashman said that the club's recommendation is for Pineda to have Tommy John surgery. The right-hander is seeking a second opinion from Dr. Timothy Kremchek, the Reds' team physician.
Pineda is 8-4 with a 4.39 ERA in 17 starts for the Yankees this season, with 92 strikeouts in 96 1/3 innings. The 28-year-old, who has been with New York since 2014, is eligible for free agency after this season.
"We always thought there was more there, and I still think there is -- despite the injury that he's got," Cashman said. "I do think we've benefited a great deal [from] having him as a member of the rotation since we acquired him."
Cashman said that Pineda complained of discomfort in his pitching elbow several days after his most recent start on July 5. In response, the Yankees shuffled their rotation for this weekend's series against the Red Sox at Fenway Park.
Jordan Montgomery will be recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to start on Friday, followed by Luis Severino on Saturday. Bryan Mitchell will make his first start of the season in the first game of Sunday's doubleheader, with Masahiro Tanaka scheduled to pitch in the nightcap.
CC Sabathia is not starting in the series at Boston, but Cashman said that was a decision made by manager Joe Girardi and pitching coach Larry Rothschild.
Cashman said that Pineda's injury has not changed the Yankees' stance that they will be cautious buyers and not sellers in advance of the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.
"I've been trying to add, not subtract," Cashman said.
Cashman said that first baseman Garrett Cooper will be called up this weekend to make his Major League debut after being acquired from the Brewers on Thursday. The Yankees are also expect to activate designated hitter Matt Holliday from the disabled list for Friday's game, while second baseman Starlin Castro could rejoin the lineup as soon as Saturday.
In an additional injury update, first baseman Greg Bird's issue has been determined to be with the os trigonum of his right ankle. Cashman said that Bird's options are a second cortisone injection or a surgical procedure which would have an estimated six- to eight-week recovery time.
Bryan Hoch /MLB.com
 

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