New York Yankees’ starting pitcher Ivan Nova is the latest in a very long list of pitchers to land on the 15-day disabled list. He exited Saturday’s loss, to the Tampa Bay Rays, in the fifth inning with elbow soreness. We’ve learned by the many pitchers this season to have elbow soreness that this is almost always a very bad sign.
Taken last night, an MRI has revealed that Nova has partially torn his Ulnar Collateral Ligament. Most pitchers who tear their UCL require Tommy John surgery. The 27-year old right-hander is scheduled Nova to be seen Monday by the Yankees’ team physician Dr. Chris Ahmad. If Nova does in fact require surgery he will likely be transferred to the 60-day disabled list and face 12-18 months of recovery and rehabilitation time.
Nova has been with the Yankees for five season since making his Major League Baseball Debut on May 13, 2010. He is 40-22 over his career with a 4.20 ERA. Nova had been having a rough start to the 2014 season having gone 2-2 with a 8.27 ERA in four starts.