Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Yankees Lose Pineda for Season, Then Fall

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Yankees Lose Pineda for Season, Then Fall

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ARLINGTON, Texas - Michael Pineda is headed for season-ending shoulder surgery, though the Yankees' starting pitching dilemma doesn't end there.

An ineffective Phil Hughes was knocked out of Wednesday night's start in the third inning, as Texas pounded out a 7-3 victory at Rangers Ballpark - where the Yanks learned of Pineda's diagnosis of a right anterior labral tear.

Arthroscopic surgery is scheduled for Tuesday. A full year of recovery is necessary before Pineda would resume pitching in a big- league game, according to club physician Chris Ahmad.

With Andy Pettitte working his way back in the minors, Hughes' future in the rotation is in serious question. Hughes (1-3) yielded four runs in just 2 2/3 innings as Texas (15-4) took the final two games of a three-game set.

"I think we're pitching deep, but ... some of our guys have to get going," said Yankees GM Brian Cashman before Wednesday's game. "[Some pitchers] are better, obviously, than what they've shown over the first three weeks of the season."

After a perfect first inning, Hughes gave up a monstrous homer to Adrian Beltre leading off the second. Hughes hit two batters in the third and yielded four hits, including Beltre's RBI single and Michael Young's booming RBI double.

For the Yanks (10-8), Derek Jeter extended his hitting streak to 15 games and Raul Ibanez had an RBI double and a long solo home run.

Cashman said he was "devastated" by the injury to Pineda, the anticipated No. 4 starter acquired in a blockbuster trade that sent slugging catcher Jesus Montero and starter Hector Noesi to Seattle.

During his conference call, Cashman went out of his way to absolve the Mariners of any responsibility for Pineda's current condition.

"He was a fully healthy player that we acquired," Cashman said, adding that Pineda had no previous shoulder issues. "This is just an unfortunate circumstance."

Pineda, 23, had an MRI as part of his physical to complete the trade. He underwent another MRI after complaining of discomfort during his last exhibition start March 30. …

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