Tommy John surgery has been recommended for injured pitcher Ivan Nova, according to the New York Yankees.
An MRI taken on Tuesday confirmed that Nova had a partial tear of his UCL, which had initially been diagnosed after he left his Saturday start early with pain in his right elbow.
Nova has struggled so far this season, putting up an 8.27 ERA in 20.2 innings pitched. If he elects to have the surgery, he will likely be on the shelf through the beginning of next season and possibly longer.
The 27-year old right-hander signed a one year deal with the Yankees worth $3.3 million before the season began.
Ivan Nova underwent an MRI arthrogram today. Results confirm original diagnosis of partial tear of right UCL. Surgery has been recommended. — New York Yankees (@Yankees) April 22, 2014