Branden Pinder enjoyed a surprisingly good 2015 stint with the Yankees (8.13 K/9). He was sent down to the minors toward the end of last spring training but didn't take long to earn his way up to the big league bullpen, as he got the call after two scoreless appearances at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. His season ended shortly after that, though, as he tore his UCL in his first game and underwent Tommy John surgery toward the end of April, putting his status for the start of 2017 in jeopardy. The 27-year-old has been an effective strikeout pitcher across most levels, mixing in a 95 mph fastball with a wipeout slider, but he's also frequently handed out too many free passes. Given the standard timetable for Tommy John surgery recovery, Pinder will probably be out until around the All-Star break. The Yankees designated him for assignment to free up space on the 40-man roster this offseason.
Pinder (elbow) was designated for assignment Tuesday. Pinder underwent Tommy John surgery in April, so he likely won't be able to pitch for a good chunk of the first half in 2017. Once he does return, however, the 27-year-old will look to claw his way back into the major league bullpen after making his debut in 2015, when he posted a 2.93 ERA in 27.2 innings pitched.
Pinder was transferred to the 60-day DL on Monday. The move is simply a formality, as it frees up a spot on the 40-man roster for Aroldis Chapman, who was activated from his suspension Monday. Pinder will miss the entire 2016 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery last month.
Pinder will undergo Tommy John surgery Tuesday, Jared Diamond of The Wall Street Journal reports. After being diagnosed with a UCL tear in his throwing elbow on Saturday, Yankees coach Joe Girardi confirmed Monday that Pinder will require ligament replacement surgery. The 27-year-old righty will miss the rest of the 2016 season as he rehabilitates his elbow.
Pinder (elbow) was diagnosed with a UCL tear in his throwing elbow Saturday, Brendan Kuty of the Star-Ledger reports. This is the situation Pinder was hoping to avoid when he was placed on the DL earlier in the week with what was initially called an elbow strain. Neither he nor the team have commented on whether Tommy John surgery will be necessary, but even if it's not, Pinder figures to face a fairly lengthy recovery timeline. Expect more details to emerge over the next couple of days.
Pinder has been placed on the 15-day DL with a right elbow strain retroactive to Thursday. Pinder was recently recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, pitching in just one inning against the A's on Wednesday, in which he gave up two runs on three hits and a walk. With Pinder out, the Yankees recalled Nick Goody from Triple-A to provide some bullpen depth moving forward.