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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.

Charlie Morton exits start with discomfort in right shoulder

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Astros pitcher Charlie Morton left Sunday’s start against the Angels after just one inning due to discomfort in his right shoulder, the team announced. Morton yielded a one-out double to Justin Upton, who later scored on a wild pitch. He averages about 96 MPH on his fastball but sat in the 92-94 MPH range in his one inning of work.

Morton, 34, went on the disabled list with right shoulder discomfort on August 29 and returned on September 8. It’s bad news for the Astros, who may have to go into the playoffs without him. If that is to be the case, Lance McCullers would take Morton’s spot in the rotation. It’s also bad news for Morton, who is a free agent after the season and figures to be one of the more sought-after starters.

Morton entered Sunday’s start 15-3 with a 3.15 ERA with a 195/63 K/BB ratio in 163 innings of work.