As scheduled, Michael Pineda had a dye contrast MRI done today as doctors took a closer look at his shoulder that has kept him out since March. The Yankees won’t announce the results of the tests until a second doctor gets a look at it tomorrow, according to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com.
Even before Dr. Christopher Ahmad performed the MRI on Tuesday, Pineda’s agent requested a second opionion from the Mets team doctor, Dr. David Altchek. The two will confer and announce the results Wednesday.
“It’s not what you want,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi told Hoch. “We thought we were going to get a power pitcher that pitched very well and we believed had a very huge upside. Right now, we don’t have him, and right now I can’t tell you when we’re going to get him back.”
Pineda suffered a shoulder injury in his final spring training start before the regular season. He was shutdown until last week when he was scheduled to pitch two innings in an extended spring training game. He only made it through one inning though and left with a sore shoulder. So they shut him down again and they are having more tests done to make sure they didn’t miss anything the first time around.
It’s hard to say what to expect tomorrow. On one hand, the fact that he had to be shutdown a second time is a huge red flag. On the other, they might have found nothing again and just want to have some extra eyes on his shoulder before trying to get him back out there again.