Elbow injuries around Major League Baseball continue piling up at an alarming rate. The latest on the list and another likely to face Tommy John surgery is New York Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova, who was diagnosed with a partially torn UCL following his early exit Saturday night against the Tampa Bay Rays.
The MRI on RHP Ivan Nova last night has revealed a partial tear of ulnar collateral ligament of his right elbow.
“Tommy John” surgery is a possibility, though the Yankees will look at the chance that the injury can be rehabbed first.
A standard and expected response, but even partially torn ligaments lead to Tommy John surgery more times than not.
According to Michael J. Fensom of Newsday, 20 major league pitchers have undergone Tommy John surgery since the end of last season, including Matt Moore of the Tampa Bay Rays and Kris Medlen of the Atlanta Braves. Nova would push that number to 21, and with minor leaguers taken into account that numberRead More »from Ivan Nova likely to face Tommy John surgery after partially torn UCL diagnosis