We may now know why Michael Pineda's velocity was down in spring training. The New York Yankees announced Wednesday that Pineda has a torn labrum. He will have surgery on Tuesday and is out for the year.
pineda has a torn labrum. surgery tuesday— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) April 25, 2012
pineda said to have felt a "sharp pain'' saturday. injury may have occurred then. but he didnt throw well from start of camp— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) April 25, 2012
The 23-year-old Pineda had been placed on the DL at the end of March with shoulder tendinitis. His velocity was down in Spring Training, but said his health was fine until toward the end of camp. He normally throws as high as 97 mph, but was barely cracking the 90s in camp.
The Yankees have relied on 37-year-old Hiroki Kuroda and 35-year-old Freddy Garcia in the rotation since with Pineda's absence, and the two will be even more important now as Pineda is done for the year, unless the Yankees try to make a move.