Yanks' pitcher Pineda, 1B Bird both could face surgeries

  • Yanks' pitcher Pineda, 1B Bird both could face surgeries

Yanks' pitcher Pineda, 1B Bird both could face surgeries

Pineda had fought back from a serious shoulder injury when he first arrived to the Yankees in 2012.

The timing of the injury couldn't be worse for the 28-year-old, who will become eligible for free agency for the first time following this season. He'll likely miss all or most of 2018 as well.

General manager Brian Cashman also said Friday that first baseman Greg Bird could require surgery for a right ankle issue that hasn't responded to a cortisone shot.

Pineda is 8-4 this season with a 4.65 ERA.

If Bird has surgery, he would be out at least another two months.

Cooper was acquired in a trade on Thursday when the Yankees sent reliever Tyler Webb to the Brewers.

Of course, the organization could offer him a prove it contract with heavy incentives based on starts in the majors or innings pitched so he can prove he has the ability to stay healthy before he heads to greener pastures.

At the start of the season, it was expected that Masahiro Tanaka would be the ace of the starting rotation by he has struggled from the start. Bryan Mitchell will start the day game of the doubleheader Sunday.

Regardless of the outcome, it is safe to say that the Yankees' plan for approaching the upcoming trade deadline could be drastically altered. Cashman said top prospect Chance Adams could be a starting option at some point.

"We will be careful buyers", Cashman said. The Yankee GM has said that the team - which now sits 3.5 games behind the Red Sox in the AL East - will be 'careful buyers', which leads one to think that a blockbuster deal may not be in the cards. They are 3.5 games behind the Red Sox in the AL East, but are atop the AL wild-card standings.