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Friday, July 14, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL INJURY FALLOUT: UCL TEAR LIKELY FINISHES ANOTHER INCONSISTENT SEASON BY MICHAEL PINEDA

An already reeling New York Yankees team got devastating news on Friday when it was revealed that hard-throwing pitcher Michael Pineda sustained a tear of the UCL in his elbow which will likely require season-ending Tommy John surgery.  Pineda is currently heading for a second opinion but in 95 percent of such cases, surgery is needed.  Thus Pineda will be done for 2017 and likely half of 2018 as well.  The timing couldn't be worse as Pineda was heading into free agency where a big 2017 would have resulted in a major payday.  Alas, Pineda was once again his frustratingly inconsistent self as he went into the All-Star break with a 4.39 ERA and 1.29 WHIP.  What was notable though is that Pineda was actually having a big season early on as he registered ERA's of 3.14 in April and 3.48 in May before the wheels began to fall off.  In fact once June began, you can now infer that the UCL might have given way then as he pitched to a horrid 5.35 mark that month and was rocked to the tune of a 15.00 ERA in July.  Clearly there was a line of demarcation here from the good and bad Pineda but the bottom line is that he is almost certain to be done for this season.  The fallout is big for the Yankees who just saw trade target Jose Quintana go to the Chicago Cubs and now will be forced to look more closely at Justin Verlander, Dan Straily, and others.  

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