Updates from Tuesday, April 29
Jorge Castillo of The Star-Ledger indicates Ivan Nova's surgery was a success, according to the Yankees:
#Yankees announce Ivan Nova underwent Tommy John surgery today as scheduled. The surgery went “as expected.”— Jorge Castillo (@jorgeccastillo) April 29, 2014
Updates from Thursday, April 24
Bryan Hoch of MLB.com confirms the next step for Ivan Nova:
Ivan Nova has opted for Tommy John surgery. Dr. James Andrews will perform the procedure on Tuesday in Birmingham.— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) April 24, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, April 22
The New York Yankees updated Ivan Nova's status via the team's Twitter account:
Ivan Nova underwent an MRI arthrogram today. Results confirm original diagnosis of partial tear of right UCL. Surgery has been recommended.— New York Yankees (@Yankees) April 22, 2014
Updates from Sunday, April 20
Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports the extent of Ivan Nova's elbow injury:
The MRI on RHP Ivan Nova last night has revealed a partial tear of ulnar collateral ligament of his right elbow. He will be placed on the disabled list today and will be further examined tomorrow in New York by Yankees team physician Dr. Chris Ahmad.
Sweeny Murti of WFAN provided a synopsis of Nova discussing his injury:
Nova used words "sad" and "devastating" but has not yet been told how long he will be out or if surgery is required.— Sweeny Murti (@YankeesWFAN) April 20, 2014
Erik Boland of Newsday continued with an additional statement from Nova:
Nova: "it's hard. I don't even know what to tell you guys. I'm so sad right now that I'm not going to be pitching."— Erik Boland (@eboland11) April 20, 2014
Hoch also provided a statement from Yankees manager Joe Girardi discussing Nova's injury:
I said to [Nova], "Where are you feeling it?" And he said his elbow, but he wanted to still pitch. I said, "No, you're done," and took him out. ...
...Any time you lose a starter, it's a big blow. Starters aren't easy to replace.
Nova also discussed the feeling in his arm before being removed from the game (via Jack Curry of YES):
Nova told @M_Marakovits he felt "a little pop" in elbow on final pitch to Longoria. He wanted to keep pitching. Wise Yanks didn't let him.— Jack Curry (@JackCurryYES) April 20, 2014
As if getting shelled for eight runs in four innings on Saturday wasn't bad enough for Ivan Nova, he suffered an elbow injury against the Tampa Bay Rays.
MLB.com's Bryan Hoch reported that the New York Yankees' starting pitcher will have tests on Sunday to reveal the seriousness of the problem:
Ivan Nova left the game with right elbow soreness. He is scheduled to undergo tests.— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) April 20, 2014
New York Daily News reporter Mark Feinsand added more:
Nova undergoing MRI now. May not have results until Sunday.— Mark Feinsand (@FeinsandNYDN) April 20, 2014
The injury came in the top of the fifth inning during an Evan Longoria at-bat. Jack Curry of the YES Network reported that Nova was looking at his hand, but it was the right arm that seemed to be the issue:
After Nova's second pitch to Longoria, he shook his right hand and looked down at it.— Jack Curry (@JackCurryYES) April 20, 2014
Just got another look at YES replay. Nova shook hand and then shook arm, too, bending his elbow a bit. Stay tuned.— Jack Curry (@JackCurryYES) April 20, 2014
This is simply piling more issues onto what has already been a below-average 2014 for Nova.
In his three previous starts, he boasted a 2-1 record, but his earned run average was 5.94 and his fielding independent pitching was up to 4.94, according to Baseball-Reference.com. The Ivan Nova of 2013 has been nowhere to be seen so far this year.
The Yankees aren't blessed with a ton of depth in the starting rotation, so the hope will be that Nova's injury is only minor. If he's forced to miss a significant amount of time, New York could be in trouble in the ultra-competitive American League East.
Even if Nova makes a quick recovery, though, there's no question that he'll have to make a massive improvement from where his level of performance has been in the early stages of the 2014 campaign.