The MRI results came back on Michael Pineda‘s shoulder and it turns out to be a right shoulder anterior labral tear that will keep him out at least a full year, according to Mark Feinsand of the NY Daily News.
The doctor called it a “discrete tear” so he only needs less invasive arthroscopic surgery which will be performed next Tuesday, Feinsand reported. Between that and the fact that Pineda’s rotator cuff has been unaffected (Dan Barbarisi), the Yankees feel good about his chances of him being able to regain his old velocity after the surgery.
This is not Tommy John Surgery, which involves the elbow and is a generally successful surgery that most pitchers recover from just as good as ever. Shoulder surgery almost always involves setbacks and a lot of times pitchers just aren’t the same afterward. The Yankees make it sound like because this is not his rotator cuff that this might not be career altering. Let’s hope that is the case because shoulder surgery is nasty business for pitchers.