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Pregame notes: “I’m so sad right now”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Apr 20, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Ivan Nova

Although his numbers were bad, Ivan Nova said he never felt any pain or discomfort until that final pitch last night. On that pitch, he felt “kind of a little pop” and began to shake his arm. He asked to stay in the game because he still believed he was perfectly fine.

Ultimately pulled from the game and sent for an MRI, the Yankees have now announced that Nova has a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament. Nova will be evaluated further in New York on Monday, but obviously the initial thought is that Nova could be headed toward Tommy John surgery. No operation is set, though.

“I don’t even know what to tell you guys,” Nova said. “I’m so sad right now that I’m not going to be pitching. It hurts, but God is real big, and I know that he’s not going to forget me. I have to keep working hard and try to get back as soon as possible.”

Although the Yankees had already announced the nature of the injury, Nova said this morning that he had not yet talked to the Yankees coaching staff or medical staff about the MRI results, so he wasn’t sure about the severity. In fact, when told the Yankees announced a partial tear — Nova said he had not been told even that much — Nova seemed oddly encouraged.

“It’s not (torn) all the way?” Nova said. “So that’s not too bad, I guess. I know it’s not good, but if it’s not all the way, it’s not too bad. That’s what I think.”

That might be the optimistic way of looking at it, but a partially torn UCL actually is pretty bad news. There would seem to be some chance that Nova could rehab his way back from the injury, but after a series of Tommy John surgeries throughout baseball already this season, the immediate thought seems to be that Nova could be heading for the same fate.

“I don’t know how bad the strain is, the strain of the ligament is,” Joe Girardi said. “But usually, when you have that, eventually it leads to (surgery).”

Preston Claiborne· Girardi said he’s still not sure who will take Nova’s place in the rotation, but he did say that Vidal Nuno could show something today to put himself into consideration. Girardi didn’t rule out the idea of getting David Phelps stretched out again, and he didn’t dismiss questions about calling up a guy like Alfredo Aceves. Basically, more pitching staff changes could be coming in the next couple of days.

· For now, the Yankees made two short-term pitching moves just to get them through tonight’s game. Preston Claiborne and Bryan Mitchell have been called up. Claiborne has been pitching in relief in Triple-A, and Mitchell has been a Double-A starter. Mitchell is basically here to be an emergency mopup man. Girardi said Mitchell is not a candidate for the rotation opening.

· To make room on the roster for Claiborne and Mitchell, Nova was put on the 15-day disabled list and Matt Daley was designated for assignment. Daley said he actually has an option remaining, but he believes he’s in some sort of weird contract situation — based on service time and such — that the Yankees actually had to DFA him to send him to Triple-A. Weird stuff like that happens from time to time. Daley said he expects to end up staying with the Yankees and accepting an assignment to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. That’s what he’s hoping for, he said.

· Mark Teixeira has also been activated from the disabled list, and Scott Sizemore has been optioned to Triple-A. “We consider Dean Anna a shortstop more than the other two (Sizemore or Yangervis Solarte) and that’s why we stayed with the rotation that we have,” Girardi said. “… (Sizemore) did everything right. Obviously he has put himself back on the map.”

· Expectation for Teixeira: “Play every day and be productive,” Girardi said.

· Girardi said he’s not sure how he will handle Yangervis Solarte’s playing time now that Teixeira is activated, but he expects Solarte, Kelly Johnson and Brian Roberts to all get fairly regular playing time.

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56 Responses to “Pregame notes: “I’m so sad right now””

  1. Triple Short of a Cycle April 20th, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Expectation for Teixeira: “Play every day and be productive,” Girardi said.


    Joe doesn’t play regulars every day so how is this possible? I’ll call Wed for his first day he sits him

  2. blake April 20th, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    Sad for ya Ivan…..silver lining though is that as pitching injuries go this is one of the most predictable serious injuries to recover from

  3. GregD April 20th, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    YF—-thanks so maybe we might see him mid-season

  4. SweetSpot April 20th, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    Meredith M. has an interview with Nova coming up. She reported, as Chad did, that Nova said he felt no pain and discomfort before the final pitch. Clearly, if Nova emphatically denies feeling anything in advance and the Yankees very experienced, respected coaches who watch him closely and work with him on a daily basis, including catcher Brian McCann, reported seeing nothing out of the ordinary one should believe them. Unless there is evidence to the contrary.

    Girardi minutes ago and I quote. “There was no inkling that anything was wrong until the final pitch.”

  5. JimmyT April 20th, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    Feel bad for the guy but he wasnt helping the tenthe way he was. By the time you spot the change in mechanics it’s too late…. Rehabbing a partially torn UCL seems like a stopgap and a refrain from the inevitable. Best to book an apooinment with Dr. Andrews now.

  6. Shame Spencer April 20th, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    Does anyone have figures on the probability of needing TJS?

  7. blake April 20th, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    Shame Spencer says:
    April 20, 2014 at 1:04 pm
    Does anyone have figures on the probability of needing TJ?


  8. alabamayankee April 20th, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    Nova says God is not going to forget him. Time the Yankees did. Let’s move on.

  9. Yankeeclipper April 20th, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    Get the surgery an get ready for next season. We hold the fort down with the #5 coming from within.

  10. Shame Spencer April 20th, 2014 at 1:20 pm



    A figure we must all keep in mind when devising trades lol!

  11. austinmac April 20th, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    It is also good we didn’t give Nova a long extension. Teams who do that with young pitching may well regret it.

  12. Revenge of Stoneburner April 20th, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Meredith M. has an interview with Nova coming up. She reported, as Chad did, that Nova said he felt no pain and discomfort before the final pitch. Clearly, if Nova emphatically denies feeling anything in advance and the Yankees very experienced, respected coaches who watch him closely and work with him on a daily basis, including catcher Brian McCann, reported seeing nothing out of the ordinary one should believe them. Unless there is evidence to the contrary.

    Girardi minutes ago and I quote. “There was no inkling that anything was wrong until the final pitch.”



  13. Michelle B. of Yankee Stadium West April 20th, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Today is my birthday, but this is not the type of present I ever want. Poor Ivan. Yanks need a win today.

  14. bbb51 April 20th, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    Nova is probably lying. UCL’s don’t usually go from perfectly fine to torn in one pitch. I think there is no way he has never felt pain in his elbow before that pitch, or game.

  15. Howler April 20th, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    who is this new announcer…only in place until Kay is back and they can put someone back in the studio?

  16. Michelle B. of Yankee Stadium West April 20th, 2014 at 1:29 pm


    UCL’s are ligaments they do go from nothing wrong to torn without any warning. Same for acls and pcls and ankle ligaments.

  17. Tar April 20th, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Girardi minutes ago and I quote. “There was no inkling that anything was wrong until the final pitch.”




    Or THIS

    (BTW the no inkling part is where some of us have an issue… not that he got injured in the first place.)

    “luis April 13th, 2014 at 9:16 pm
    Something is wrong with Nova”

    “yankeefeminista April 13th, 2014 at 9:18 pm
    Luis, He’s wincing; what are you seeing?”

    “luis April 13th, 2014 at 9:20 pm
    Arm angle not right…A little lower and he is like trying to aim the pitch”

    “yankeefeminista April 13th, 2014 at 9:23 pm
    Luis, I see that but looks like he was also making a grimace thereafter. Wonder if he has something wrong or if it’s just mechanical.”

    luis April 13th, 2014 at 9:25 pm
    yankeefeminista April 13th, 2014 at 9:23 pm
    Luis, I see that but looks like he was also making a grimace thereafter. Wonder if he has something wrong or if it’s just mechanical.


    When you lower the arm angle it usually means to ease a pain…It is almost automatic”

    “yankeefeminista April 13th, 2014 at 9:28 pm
    luis says:
    April 13, 2014 at 9:25 pm
    I think he is hurt
    That’s what I’m afraid of.”

  18. J. Alfred Prufrock April 20th, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    So sad.

  19. Tar April 20th, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    Somebody had an “inkling” a week ago.

  20. austinmac April 20th, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    Sorry for Nova. One pitch and his life changed.

  21. J. Alfred Prufrock April 20th, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    Tar – I love ya.

    btw, if you can give Chad permission to give me your email, I can create a new account and contact you.

    I have some misgivings about using my current email – I’m sure you can figure out why, or if not, I’ll be happy to explain it to you privately.

    Hey, this applies to Free-Range, too.

    Time to play “Get the Guests” (jk, I just happen to love Albee) and watch the Yanks.


  22. austinmac April 20th, 2014 at 1:34 pm


    Would it have made any difference if they shut him down a week ago? I doubt it.

  23. J. Alfred Prufrock April 20th, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    austinmac – Maybe it would have last year, when he was hurt and Joe said he “has to play through it”?

    Perhaps they could have nipped it in the bud.

    Later guys, enjoy the holiday

  24. SweetSpot April 20th, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Surreal. That’s all one can say.

  25. Tar April 20th, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    J ALfred I sent the email to chad this morning.

  26. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 20th, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Hey all. I got a few emails of concern and so I want to say this once and for all. I didn’t get any notion that people are thinking I am behind anything, which goes to show how naïve I can be, if it is the case. I have said it before and I hope this is the last time I have to say it. I am one poster, trisha, and I do not collude with anybody or anything. I do not try to hurt anybody, and anything I have to say to people, I say here. I am tired of the suspicion that has been cast upon me in the past. I might tick you off, but I am truly a good Christian woman. This is Easter Sunday. I swear by the God above, I do nothing behind the scenes of a negative nature. I never have, and I never will. I tend to think that most here believe me. If there a few that don’t, there’s not much I can do about that.

    Okay. That’s it.

    Have a great day.

  27. Tar April 20th, 2014 at 1:41 pm


    Would it have made any difference if they shut him down a week ago? I doubt it.’


    I doubt it as well. But to me that is not the real issue. the issue is why are are “amateurs” seeing things that they are not? It’s not the first time…. and to me it’s not inspiring confidence in the people in charge.

  28. BoJo April 20th, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    I can vouch that 1) Trisha is a very good person, and 2) that I am not Trisha. Or anyone else for that matter…although I am considering changing my name to B

  29. BoJo April 20th, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    This Nova injury and the potential risk of re-injury to Pineda points out to me how difficult it is to build a team based mainly on pitching. Injuries to potential top of rotation pitchers like Joba, Hughes, Brackman, Britt Burns, and many others indicate to me that not only must a team following that approach have the top of rotation guys that are able to shut opponents down, but they also must have a steady pipeline of arms ready to fill-in. And it would be best if those arms were over 25 years old and fully developed physically (perhaps already having TJS).

    It is a very risky strategy that Cashman has taken.

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