The New York Yankees thought they had too much pitching with Andy Pettitte's return. That might not be the case now, as Ivan Nova was forced to leave his start against the Baltimore Orioles on Monday night.
He left in the sixth inning and was taken to undergo X-rays.
The results of the X-rays were tweeted by WFAN's Yankees beat reporter Sweeny Murti before game's end:
Nova had x-rays, negative. Official word is contusion and sprain of right foot and ankle.
— Sweeny Murti (@YankeesWFAN) May 15, 2012
The Yankees look to have avoided a significant injury, but that does not mean that Nova will not miss any time. He will be dealing with the sprained foot now as the season progresses.
Nova was in obvious pain and discomfort as he walked with a limp when he made his way off the field.
Nova struggled throughout his 5.1 innings versus the O's, but was sticking around and trying to complete the sixth inning. The right-hander allowed five runs and seven hits on the night, but the Yankees were able to hang on for the 8-5 win.
Luckily for the Yankees, they have depth in their starting rotation should Nova be forced to miss any time.
David Phelps, who had been moved to the bullpen after Pettitte was called up, would still be available and has been solid this season. Phelps ended up with the win versus Baltimore, and now stands at 1-1 with a 2.96 ERA on the season.