Apr 19, 2014; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Ivan Nova (47) reacts as he gave up a home run and Tampa Bay Rays catcher Ryan Hanigan (24) runs around the bases during the fourth inning at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Yankees Ivan Nova has partial UCL tear


By the end of this baseball season, more fans will know what a UCL is than ever before.

Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports that the Yankees have announced that starting pitcher Ivan Nova has a partial tear of his Ulnar Collateral Ligament and will be placed on the disabled list on Sunday. The UCL is the ligament in question when a pitcher has Tommy John surgery.

It is unknown as of yet whether Nova will have Tommy John, but all signs would seem to point to the 27-year old missing the 2014 season. He left after throwing 82 pitches as Tampa Bay blew out the Yankees on Saturday.

Nova has made four starts, compiling a 2-2 record with an 8.27 ERA this season.

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