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Ivan Nova exits start with sprained right ankle

May 14, 2012, 9:45 PM EDT

Ivan Nova AP

Ivan Nova was removed from Monday’s game in the sixth inning with a sprained right ankle.

Nova was hurt fielding a tapper near the mound and limped off the field afterwards. He was previously hit in the right foot by a Nick Markakis comebacker in the third, but the incident in the sixth was a new injury.

Nova was charged with five runs in 5 1/3 innings before departing. The Orioles snapped his 15-game winning streak by beating him 5-0 on May 2, but he won’t be involved in the decision tonight after leaving a 5-5 tie.

If Nova needs to miss his next start, Freddy Garcia, who has been relegated to mop-up duties since losing his rotation spot at the beginning of the month, could get the call in his place.

  1. yanks33 - May 14, 2012 at 10:00 PM

    Just what the Yankees need….i hope its nothing serious and he wont miss any time

  2. randygnyc - May 14, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    YES network just announced NOVA has a contusion on his right foot AND a right ankle sprain. Xrays NEGATIVE.

  3. recoveringcubsfan - May 14, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    I’ve been anagramming like crazy, but I cannot make “Ivan Nova” spell “Sandy Leon.” That’s what you meant, right?

  4. jwbiii - May 14, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    Sprained ankle? I’d say no va likely for his next start.

  5. xmatt0926x - May 15, 2012 at 12:57 AM

    Brian Cashman to Ruben Amaro….. “what was that rumor I was hearing about you shopping Hamels???”

  6. pisano - May 15, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    You can stick Phelps in Nova’s spot and they won’t lose anything, as a matter of fact they may gain with Phelps, this guy has a lot of potential, and besides Nova has given up a lot of hits per inning pitched.

  7. rico7207 - May 15, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    Pitch Phelps in his place. If they are to use Garcia then they should just forfeit the game and give everyone a rest. Garcia couldn’t beat a women’s team.

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