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Ivan Nova diagnosed with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow

Apr 20, 2014, 10:49 AM EDT

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MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch had the awful news first:

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.

A torn UCL (even a partially-torn one) pretty much always leads to Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery, which would sideline Nova through the early part of the 2015 season. He posted an impressive 3.10 ERA with 116 strikeouts in 139 1/3 innings last summer for the Yankees but had surrendered 32 hits and 19 earned runs in 20 2/3 frames this year.

The 27-year-old joins a long list of high-profile pitchers who have suffered torn elbow ligaments in 2014. Some of those names: Matt Moore of the Rays, Patrick Corbin of the Diamondbacks, Kris Medlen of the Braves, Jarrod Parker of the A’s, Brandon Beachy of the Braves, and Pirates prospect Jameson Taillon.

  1. lukedunphysscienceproject - Apr 20, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    He obviously wasn’t himself this season. Best of luck for a full recovery.

  2. Old Gator - Apr 20, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    I think a lot of folks were kinda suspecting this would be the upshot after yesterday. Hope the kid gets through the challenges ahead and comes back mid to late next season ready to rock again.

    Aside from which, what the fawrk is going on out there this season?

    • tfbuckfutter - Apr 20, 2014 at 11:11 AM

      Time to bring in the robots.

      • clydeserra - Apr 20, 2014 at 12:09 PM

        https://www.tvrage.com/The_Twilight_Zone/episodes/212769

      • jwbiii - Apr 20, 2014 at 1:20 PM

      • drewzducks - Apr 20, 2014 at 1:59 PM

        Better yet…

      • tfbuckfutter - Apr 20, 2014 at 2:11 PM

        If you’ve never seen this movie than you didn’t have anywhere near as good a childhood as I did.

      • jwbiii - Apr 20, 2014 at 2:43 PM

        Wow. Thank goodness Alan Iverson only used his powers for good!

  3. ez4u2sa - Apr 20, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    Now we’ll see if the Yankees have any meaningful depth in their farm system.

    • jwbiii - Apr 20, 2014 at 11:43 AM

      Vidal Nuno, your table is ready.

  4. bronx77 - Apr 20, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    Phelps to the rotation. The farm has to cover the pen. Here’s to a fast recovery nova

  5. yahmule - Apr 20, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    I’m guessing the last time Ryan Hanigan homered twice in one game was little league, so there had to be some rational explanation.

  6. SBoy - Apr 20, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    From a personal standpoint, I wish Nova a speedy recovery. From a team/pitching standpoint, yes it is a loss, but with the way the rest of the staff is pitching, yanks should be okay with either Nuno or Phelps stepping in. Tanaka and Pineda will shift up one spot and whoever replaces Nova becomes the number 5 starter, which I think Nuno or Phelps can handle.

  7. aresachaela - Apr 20, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    NO WAY!! Hoping you the best recovery out there Nova. Today’s game now this? I’m really not goin to have a pleasant sleep this evening..

  8. [citation needed] fka COPO - Apr 20, 2014 at 12:20 PM

    And you get a TJ Surgery, and you get a TJ Surgery, and you get a TJ Surgery!

    Tommy John Surgeries for EVERYONE!

    /cries

    • cur'68 - Apr 20, 2014 at 12:36 PM

      This was Beaver Baseball in 2013. I know the feeling. Go for a walk in the sunshine and remind yourself that your boys have the resources to rebuild that rotation from the Tigers, with Scherzer and The Rays, with Price. Also, your IF D will vastly improve next season sans Jeter and the likely return of a fully armed and operational Death St…I mean Alex Rodriguez. Heck, with The Empire’s resources they might be able to re-build mid-season.

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - Apr 20, 2014 at 1:26 PM

        About a week ago Cashman confirmed that ownership was tapped out on money, so who knows what’s going to happen now. Brett Marshall, who was just called up, is really the only one stretched out enough to give them the 180 IP they’ll need this year, and that’s not even considering what’s going to happen to Tanaka and/or Pineda if they hit a wall in Aug/Sept, or Kuroda does too…

      • cur'68 - Apr 20, 2014 at 1:44 PM

        Uh…oh. Well. There’s a thing. I can barely comprehend a universe where The Empire is at max spending. I don’t like the idea of an enfeebled Empire. Every great hero needs an equally great villain and all that. The notion of The Empire playing for a draft pick is also going to be hard to wrap my increasingly wooly head around.

        Chin up, mate. Pineda ad Tanaka are young guys and they have a lot to prove. So far they’ve been up to the job. Sabbathia and Kuroda are as wily as they come so they can limit damage. I’m not counting your boys out of this just yet.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 20, 2014 at 7:58 PM

        cry me a river little jays fan, hey nice bullpen there Charlie!

      • cur'68 - Apr 20, 2014 at 8:08 PM

        Oh that’s right…your lot just won one, so here you are, back again. Fair-weather, band wagon, no account, multiple felon.

        Peanut? Here ya go, Chimpy boy…

    • nbjays - Apr 20, 2014 at 3:12 PM

      Is there a bulk discount on TJ surgeries?

      • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 20, 2014 at 7:58 PM

        your team should know the answer to that

  9. straightouttavtown - Apr 20, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    Freddy Garcia to the rescue

    • brandotho - Apr 20, 2014 at 5:36 PM

      Been there, done that, already squeezed whatever he had left three years ago (3.62 ERA)

      • straightouttavtown - Apr 20, 2014 at 6:32 PM

        He pitched decently for the Braves down the stretch last season and even started a playoff game. One thing I learned is never count Freddy out. This guy has nine lives.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 20, 2014 at 7:59 PM

      Why would we need him? see his replacement today? Obviously not!

  10. yahmule - Apr 20, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    Anybody else wondering why he was sent back out in the fifth after he got bounced all over the yard the first four innings and clearly wasn’t right?

    • mazblast - Apr 20, 2014 at 4:13 PM

      It’s “eating some innings”, a strategy usually reserved for bottom-of-the-barrel teams, only for top and faux top teams like the Yankees, it’s called “saving the bullpen”.

      All this “we’ll be just fine” talk from Yankee fans sure sounds like whistling past the graveyard. As far as I can tell, when it comes to starting pitching depth, this team and organization has NOTHING.

      Now if only this were the NBA and there was a lottery, David Stern could rig it to “miraculously” give the Yankees the top pick next year.

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - Apr 20, 2014 at 6:54 PM

        All this “we’ll be just fine” talk from Yankee fans sure sounds like whistling past the graveyard. As far as I can tell, when it comes to starting pitching depth, this team and organization has NOTHING.

        And what scouting organization do you work for? I also don’t see anyone saying they’ll be fine. IN fact, I said the exact opposite above. But I guess that refutes your rant…

      • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:42 AM

        Ok so Nunez who did great yesterday and did great filling in for Andy last season and Phelps who has rotation experience as well are both nothing according to maz here. I mean there is just no way either one of them can fit in behind Tanka, Pineda, CC, and Kuroda. Just noway can that work out, lol what a tool

  11. bigjimatch - Apr 20, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    I thought only Joe Torre ruined pitchers. Weren’t the J.O.B.A. Rules supposed to eliminate these problems.

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