New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda has been diagnosed with a right shoulder anterior labral tear, and is now scheduled for arthroscopic surgery next Tuesday.

Several sources are reporting that the tear is quite severe.

So, what does this mean? Despite our collective eagerness to claim a winner in the challenge trade between the Yankees and Seattle Mariners this off season that sent Pineda and Jose Campos to New York and Jesus Montero and Hector Noesi to Seattle, it should be remembered that the Yankees still have five years of control over the flame throwing right hander.

It should also be remembered that generally speaking, shoulder injuries are more difficult to bounce back from than elbow injuries. If the severity of the tear that’s being reported is true, we shouldn’t expect to see Pineda do much of anything for at least a year.

Although this quote is from eight years ago, the picture it paints is still rather frightening:

If pitchers with torn labrums were horses, they’d be destroyed.

- Will Carrol (Baseball Prospectus)

Marc Carig of The Star-Ledger has additional details:

In announcing the news to reporters this afternoon, Cashman said he was “devastated.”

Cashman said he believes the tear occurred on the final pitch of Pineda’s extended spring training start on Saturday. An MRI on Pineda’s shoulder administered this offseason, prior to the trade that brought Pineda to the Yankees, did not show any damage, Cashman said.

“We got a healthy player to the best of everybody’s knowledge,” said Cashman, who noted that Pineda’s rotator cuff is fine.