March 20, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda (35) walks with pitching coach Larry Rothschild (58) to the dugout after he warmed up against the Pittsburgh Pirates at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE
The New York Yankees announced right-handed starting pitcher Michael Pineda has been diagnosed with an anterior labral tear. Surgery will be required and is set for May 1, 2012 which means Pineda will not pitch in 2012. The team doesn't expect Pineda back with the team until early May of next year. The only silver lining in this devastating news for the team is there is no damage with the rotator cuff.
Pineda's injury can be traced back to spring training when the righty lost several ticks off his fastball. The team ran a MRI on his shoulder, but GM Brian Cashman explained the results as "clean." But per Mark Feinsand of the NY Daily News, Cashman told reporters "Without a doubt, the injury occurred during the rehab outing," and that he believed this tear would have shown up on a normal MRI.