Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Injury Update: Pinder Opts for Tommy John Surgery

After an MRI Saturday revealed a torn UCL in RHP Branden Pinder's right elbow, Yankees' manager told the media that the 27-year-old reliever would have to decide between rehabbing the injury and surgery. It was announced Monday night that Pinder has decided to undergo TJ surgery to repair the tear, effectively ending his season. Although Masahiro Tanaka had success rehabbing a partial UCL tear in 2015, surgery is the more common approach, so this isn't much of a surprise. Pinder's surgery is scheduled for today, so at least he can begin recuperating as soon as possible.

The loss of Pinder and fellow Triple-A reliever Nick Rumbelow for the season is a serious blow to the organization's bullpen depth. The team made a move to address this by signing former Yankee Phil Coke to a minor league contract yesterday. The imminent return of Aroldis Chapman from suspension should also provide some relief.

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