BOSTON — Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda has a partial tear in his ulnar collateral ligament and a strained flexor tendon in his right elbow, and doctors have recommended Tommy John surgery to repair the injury, General Manager Brian Cashman said on Friday.
Pineda allowed three home runs and lasted only three innings — his shortest outing of the season — on July 5 against Toronto. Two days later, he mentioned to the trainer Steve Donohue that his elbow was bothering him. Pineda went for tests on Saturday, the day after telling the Yankees about the pain, and the injuries were discovered.
Surgery would end Pineda’s season, and potentially his injury-scarred Yankees career.
Pineda, who is to become a free agent after the season, is 8-4 with a 4.39 earned run average this season. Bryan Mitchell, who has bounced between the Yankees and Class-AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, will start in…