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Michael Pineda to get second opinion on right shoulder

Apr 24, 2012, 7:15 PM EDT

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From MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch comes word that Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda is scheduled to visit with Dr. David Altchek on Wednesday in New York for a second opinion on his ailing shoulder.

Pineda underwent an extensive dye-contract MRI on Tuesday, the results of which won’t be revealed until Altcheck gets a look at them Wednesday.

Pineda hasn’t made a start for the Yankees due to lingering right shoulder weakness and was recently shut down at extended spring training, leading to legitimate concerns that this injury is severe.

The 23-year-old was acquired this winter from the Mariners for Jesus Montero and Hector Noesi. He registered a stellar 3.74 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 173/55 K/BB ratio across 171 innings as a rookie in 2011.

  1. yankeesjetsknicksrangers - Apr 24, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    If I remember correctly this MRI was a dye-contrast, so this isn’t good news that he needs a second opinion. Second opinion usually = injury.

  2. CliffC - Apr 24, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    Now how about the rest of the story that his agent requested the second opinion before the MRI even took place regardless of the outcome? Makes it a bit of a different story.

    • jimmyp70 - Apr 25, 2012 at 11:06 AM

      Any player that suspects they have a serious injury and doesn’t get a second opinion from an non-team doctor is a fool. Players should take an active role in their health and career.

  3. Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Apr 24, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    I’m sure somebody’s pointed it out in some other blog post or comment section, but it’s hardly surprising to hear this kind of news about a guy who threw 40 more innings last season than any other year of his pro career.

  4. mariner425 - Apr 24, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    mri w/ contrast usually means they are looking for a tear. not good for pineda.

    • jimmyp70 - Apr 25, 2012 at 11:05 AM

      Pretty much. The earlier ones were probably too cloudy to be totally conclusive.

      You should see the size of the needle they use to inject the contrast. Ouch.

  5. cackalackyank - Apr 24, 2012 at 11:17 PM

    Does anyone remember Brit Burns?

    • bigyankeemike - Apr 25, 2012 at 9:17 AM

      We called him Brittle Burns.

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