Tommy John surgery 'recommended' for Yankees' Ivan Nova

Ivan Nova is the latest pitcher to need Tommy John surgery.
Ivan Nova is the latest pitcher to need Tommy John surgery. (USATSI)

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Tommy John surgery has been "recommended" for right-hander Ivan Nova, the Yankees announced. A second opinion confirmed the initial diagnosis of a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament.

Nova, 27, left Saturday's start with soreness in his elbow. He was placed on the 15-day DL on Sunday and went for the reevaluation on Monday. Tommy John surgery comes with a 12-18 month rehab, so he is done for the season and the start of next year as well.

In four starts and 20 2/3 innings this season, Nova went 2-2 with an ugly 8.27 ERA and 1.84 WHIP. He is 40-22 with a 4.19 ERA in parts of five big league seasons.

Tommy John surgery has become a bit an epidemic early in 2014. Kris Medlen, Brandon Beachy, Jarrod Parker, Patrick Corbin and Matt Moore are among those to get the zipper in recent weeks.

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