Say it ain’t so Nova. New York Yankees starting pitcher Ivan Nova has been placed on the disabled list with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in his pitching elbow, according to reports.
Yankees announce Ivan Nova has a partial tear of ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. He’ll be placed on the DL Sunday.
— Mark Feinsand (@FeinsandNYDN) April 20, 2014
Nova left yesterday’s game against the Rays in the fifth inning and was seen shaking his arm prior to manager Joe Girardi taking him out of the game.
The end result here for Nova is looking like he will need Tommy John surgery which will effectively end his season. Anytime the UCL is mentioned with a pitcher, Tommy John surgery is almost always the next step.
If that’s the case, he will become the 15th pitcher to undergo the dreaded surgery THIS SEASON. We’re not even past the first month.
There’s no way around this news. It’s a huge blow to the Yankees rotation. When right, Nova is capable of shutting down any lineup in baseball.
He went 16-4 in 2011 with a 3.70 ERA, and pitched to an impressive 3.10 ERA last season.
The good news for the Yankees is that first baseman Mark Teixeira was activated from the DL and is playing in today’s game against the Rays. He will be batting fifth.