Yankees’ Pineda to Miss 2012 Season After Right Shoulder Surgery

New York Yankees Pitcher Michael Pineda
Pitcher Michael Pineda was an All-Star as a rookie last season, posting a 9-10 record with a 3.74 earned run average in 28 starts for the Mariners. Photographer: Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda will have surgery next week on a torn labrum in his right shoulder and will miss the entire 2012 season, General Manager Brian Cashman said.

Pineda, acquired in a trade with the Seattle Mariners during the offseason for catcher Jesus Montero, started this season on the disabled list because of discomfort in his pitching shoulder. He was diagnosed with tendinitis last month.

Cashman said yesterday he was “devastated” by the news and that Pineda could return to the mound by May 2013. The general manager said a scan on Pineda’s shoulder before the trade did not reveal any damage.

“We got a healthy player to the best of everybody’s knowledge,” Cashman told reporters before last night’s game at Texas. “In no way do I or the New York Yankees believe the Mariners knew about this injury.”

The 23-year-old Pineda was an All-Star as a rookie last season, posting a 9-10 record with a 3.74 earned run average in 28 starts for the Mariners. The Yankees sent Montero, one of their top prospects, and pitcher Hector Noesi to Seattle to acquire Pineda and pitcher Jose Campos.

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