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.
In other Yankees news, Andy Pettitte is expected to be called up in mid-May. I believe he'll replace Freddy Garcia in the rotation.