Craig Calcaterra

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Michael Pineda needs Tommy John surgery

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The Yankees just announced that Michael Pineda has a torn elbow ligament and will likely undergo Tommy John surgery. He’ll get a second opinion, but it’s rare for that opinion to change. His season is over. He’ll likely miss all or most of 2018 as well. He’s an impeding free agent too, so this is a doubly bad blow for him.

Pineda is 8-4 with a 4.39 ERA and 92 strikeouts in 96.1 innings this season for the Yankees. He last pitched on July 5, giving up five runs on nine hits in three innings.

The Yankees options to fill his place in the rotation include Luis Cessa and Bryan Mitchell or minor leaguer Chance Adams. They could also look outside the organization, but it’s unlikely that Brian Cashman will want to trade significant talent to upgrade in the middle of a season that, however promising it has been to date, was intended to be a transition and building year for the Bombers.

Prince Fielder: “You don’t have to have a perfect ending to be happy”

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Prince Fielder‘s career was cut short due to spinal injuries that posed serious risk to his health if he continued to play. That was unfortunate, but he’s made the most of the hand he was dealt. He’s spent his free tie being a house husband and father. He’s hosting a cooking show on Netflix and Hulu with his wife called “Fielder’s Choice.” He’s travelled extensively with his family. That’s the good stuff in life.

Today Evan Grant has a story about Fielder-in-retirement. He seems to be taking to it well mentally speaking as well:

“You don’t have to have a perfect ending to be happy,” you say. “Happy is what you make it . . . “Why should I not be happy? Because I’m not playing?” he said. “It sucks that happened, but things happen every day. It doesn’t mean you have to be sad for the rest of your life.”

He has a great attitude and seems content. Go read what the former six-time All-Star is up to.

Red Sox designate Pablo Sandoval for assignment

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The Boston Red Sox just announced that they have designated Pablo Sandoval for assignment. He is 100% certain to clear waivers and will, eventually, be released.

Sandoval, who signed a five-year, $95 million deal with Boston following the 2014 season, is one of the biggest busts in the history of free agency.  Over three seasons he’s played only 161 games and is hitting a paltry .237/.286/.360. He’s batting just .212/.269/.354 this year. His health and his conditioning have been a constant issue and the Red Sox have seen all they care to see.

It’s unclear whether anyone will take a chance on Sandoval this year, even if they only have to pay him the pro-rated minimum. One suspects that, next year, he’ll be forced to settle for a minor league deal.