Apr 19, 2014; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Ivan Nova (47) reacts after he gave up a solo home run during the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Yankees' Ivan Nova to have further tests on sore right elbow

New York Yankees starter Ivan Nova left Saturday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays in the 5th inning with soreness in his right elbow.

There is no word as to what the elbow problem is, but anytime a pitcher gets pulled from a game with elbow troubles lately, it’s not been good news.

Per a report from SI.com, Nova will undergo further tests on the elbow to find out the source of the pain. He allowed eight earned runs in four innings before having to come out of the game on Saturday. An MRI was performed, but results were not revealed.

“Obviously, we’re really concerned,” manager Joe Girardi said after the game. “Any time a guy leaves a game because he feels something, you’re concerned.”

According to ESPN Stats & Information, Nova’s line on Saturday — four-plus IP, eight earned runs and four home runs given up — was the first time a Yankees starter had allowed eight runs and four home runs in four innings or fewer in 100 years.

Nova, who is the Yanks no. 3 starter, entered Saturday’s game, with a 5.94 ERA. After the disastrous four inning start, that ERA rose to 8.27.

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