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Ivan Nova will have Tommy John surgery

Apr 24, 2014, 4:48 PM EDT

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Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova has decided to undergo Tommy John elbow surgery after a second opinion agreed with the initial diagnosis of a torn ulnar collateral ligament. He’ll go under the knife Tuesday, with Dr. James Andrews doing the honors.

He’ll miss the remainder of this season and likely some of 2015 as well. Nova is making $3.3 million this year and he’s arbitration eligible again next season, so the Yankees could decide to tender him a contract and pay similar money hoping he can make a second-half impact. He’d also still be under team control in 2016.

Nova was terrible before being shut down, allowing 19 runs in 21 innings, but he was very effective last season with a 3.10 ERA in 139 innings and is still just 27 years old.

  1. bronx77 - Apr 24, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    See you at the all star break next year…..

  2. recoveringcubsfan - Apr 24, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    I suspect he is actually having a Spider-Man-style pine tar nozzle installed in his pitching hand.

  3. yahmule - Apr 24, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    15th TJ procedure on a major league pitcher this year. I think this is something we’re going to continue to see. PEDs might be vanishing from MLB, but they’re still going strong in youth leagues. You also have kids on these traveling teams pitching way more than they did in the past. Dr Andrews said a lot of the guys having surgery @ 22 probably did the damage when they were 15. You have prospects – and their parents – hiding injuries until after they’re drafted and signed. Ask anybody who has been around high school baseball for a long time if they’ve seen any changes. When I was umpiring high school baseball in the 80’s, pitchers who touched 90 miles an hour were practically unheard of. Not nearly so uncommon these days.

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 24, 2014 at 7:48 PM

      I was wondering what the total is. Thanks for the information. That is a lot of TJ surgeries.

  4. aresachaela - Apr 24, 2014 at 7:48 PM

    Yankees players sure are fragile! Hoping him to have a quick recovery.

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