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Ivan Nova diagnosed with Grade 1 forearm strain

Oct 7, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

New York Yankees starting pitcher Ivan Nova reacts after giving up a solo home run to Detroit Tigers left fielder Delmon Young in the first inning of Game 5 of their MLB American League Division Series baseball playoffs at Yankee Stadium in New York Reuters

Ivan Nova was pulled from last night’s game after two innings with tightness in his forearm and today the Yankees announced that he’s been diagnosed with a Grade 1 flexor strain.

Marc Carig of the Newark Star Ledger reports that the Yankees expect the injury to “heal on its own this winter,” so there’s no worry that Nova will need surgery or anything serious.

In the moment there was plenty of speculation that manager Joe Girardi pulled Nova early due to performance issues, but while the right-hander may have been on a short leash after serving up a pair of first-inning homers the injury clear led to his exit.

  1. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Oct 7, 2011 at 3:23 PM

    Sure, when was the last time a pitcher had ‘forearm tightness’ and didn’t have Tommy John surgery?

    • micquarters - Oct 7, 2011 at 3:32 PM

      it’s not his elbow, its his mid forearm. also, grade 1 strain indicates muscle injury. “sprain” would indicate ligament injury, and those are what require TJ

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Oct 7, 2011 at 4:34 PM

        “But Chamberlain felt tightness and discomfort in his forearm after a Tuesday session of long toss, and the doctor ultimately delivered a diagnosis nobody wanted to hear.”

        “Stephen Strasburg left an Aug. 21 game against the Phillies with forearm tightness. An MRI exam revealed a tear in his elbow ligament, an injury that could possibly keep out of action for 18 months.”

        “[Dice-K] was placed on the 15-day disabled list after he was scratched from his scheduled start on Saturday due to tightness in his forearm while warming up. ”

        I hope it is not that, for his sake and the Yankees, but I don’t remember too many stories of good news after forearm tightness.

  2. stoutfiles - Oct 7, 2011 at 3:36 PM

    “The Strain”.

    Oh wait, he doesn’t pitch for Cleveland, my bad.

  3. sdelmonte - Oct 7, 2011 at 3:57 PM

    So if the Yankees had won last night, they might have been in pitching trouble anyway in Texas.

    • pisano - Oct 7, 2011 at 11:24 PM

      They (Yankees) were two pitchers short all year. They were lucky with Colon and Garcia to last as long as they did, but I sure wouldn’t bring either of them back next year. The Yankees better get two quality starters for next season or they won’t even get to the playoffs.

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