MRI showed Branden Pinder has UCL tear in right elbow. He hasn’t decided if he’ll have Tommy John. #Yankees
— Brendan Kuty (@BrendanKutyNJ) April 23, 2016
Brendan Kuty with the scoop on the latest injury to afflict the Yankee bullpen. Branden Pinder, who was placed on the 15-day DL yesterday with an elbow strain, has been diagnosed with a UCL tear in his pitching elbow. Surgery is still up in the air, so this tear might not be as serious as the injury that ended Nick Rumbelow’s season, but it’s going to keep him out of action for some time.
Pinder was replaced on the active roster by Nick Goody yesterday, and now with he and Rumbelow on the shelf with Bryan Mitchell, relief depth is starting to become an area of concern for the Yankees. Luis Cessa has been sent back down to Triple-A to work as a starter, Aroldis Chapman is still weeks away from returning, and Johnny Barbato recently experienced his first rough outing. The SWB Shuttle is short a few bodies and possibly looking for new passengers.
It doesn’t sound promising for Pinder, but hopefully this is a minor tear and something he can return from with the Tanaka rest-and-rehab method.