Ivan Nova was told by the doctors of the New York Yankees that he should have Tommy John Surgery to repair the partially torn ligament in his right elbow, but he wanted to get a second opinion from the world's most famous arthopedic surgeon in the country; Dr. James Andrews.
Andrews confirmed what Dr. Christopher Ahmad had told Nova, which made the 27-year-old realize what needed to be done next; the surgery that would end his 2014 season. Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reported on Thursday that Nova has decided to have the surgery, which will be this coming Tuesday.
Ivan Nova will have TJ surgery with Dr. Andrews on Tuesday.— Mark Feinsand (@FeinsandNYDN) April 24, 2014
Nova was pitching against the Tampa Bay Rays this past Saturday when he started to favor his right arm and then came out in the fifth inning. Nova was immediately placed on the disabled list but once the news of a torn ligament started to circulate, it wasn't good news for Nova.
Nova will need 12-18 months of recovery time from the surgery, which ends his 2014 season and could be out for a good portion, if not all of the 2015 season as well.
Nova, who was transferred to the 60-day disabled list on Thursday, was 2-2 with an 8.64 ERA before his season ended due to injury.
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