The New York Yankees will place starting pitcher Ivan Nova on the disabled list with a partial tear of the UCL in his throwing elbow. It is not yet known whether or not Nova will have to undergo Tommy John surgery to repair the ligament.
Nova used words “sad” and “devastating” but has not yet been told how long he will be out or if surgery is required.
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If Nova requires Tommy John surgery he will be lost for the duration of the season, which would be a tough blow for the Yankees rotation. Nova came in to the year as the team’s third starter, with many believing he was primed to make a big step this year towards becoming a staple at the top of the Yankees rotation. It would be likely that Vidal Nuno, who was beaten out by Michael Pineda for the Yanks fifth starters role, would take Nova’s rotation spot while he is on the shelf. Adam Warren and David Phelps may also be under consideration, but both have roles in the Yanks’ bullpen.
If he does not require surgery he would certainly be able to pitch again this season, but there is no timetable as to when he would return.
Nova has made four starts this year thus far, pitching to a 8.27 ERA and a 1.839 WHIP. He has been up and down in performance in the early stages of this season, pitching well in two of his four starts and getting shelled in the other two.