Yanks RHP Pinder has partial elbow tear; Hicks sent for MRI

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NEW YORK (AP) Yankees reliever Branden Pinder has a partial ligament tear in his right elbow and must decide whether to have Tommy John surgery.

New York manager Joe Girardi confirmed the diagnosis Saturday and said Pinder probably will choose in the next couple of days whether to have ligament-replacement surgery, which would likely sideline him at least a year, or try a rehabilitation program and pitch with the partial tear.

In other news, outfielder Aaron Hicks was sent for an MRI on his sore left shoulder, keeping him out of the lineup Saturday against Tampa Bay Rays rookie left-hander Blake Snell. Hicks left Friday night’s game with a jammed shoulder soon after diving for Brandon Guyer‘s bloop single.