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Ivan Nova opts for Tommy John surgery


Confirming what they suspected would st be the case of the last week or so, the New York Yankees officially announced on Thursday that starting pitcher Ivan Nova will be lost for the season to Tommy John surgery.

Because Nova’s injury is a partial UCL tear, he did not have to immediately make the decision to have the operation. On occasion pitchers are able to rest and rehab partial tears and then return. In the end the 27-year-old Nova decided that having the surgery was the best option in the long run, confirming what the team thought would happen.

Manager Joe Girardi believes that this is the right decision (quotes from MLB.com):

I think it’s the right decision. I haven’t really seen anyone rehab a partially torn ligament and have success. It seems what it does is just delay the inevitable of what’s going to happen. Then instead of maybe missing a year and a little bit of time, you miss a couple of years.”

Girardi’s thoughts do not exactly paint a rosy picture, but he is probably right that this just makes sense rather than delaying the decision. That is especially true given the rash of Tommy John surgeries across baseball this season. With Nova officially lost for the season, the Yankees will be left to try and plug a hole in their suddenly uncertain rotation.

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