Nova (knee) was outrighted off the Astros' 40-man roster Friday. Nova had some prospect pedigree as a teen, but he's yet to produce in full-season ball. He recorded a 95 wRC+ at the Low-A level in 2019 and a 76 wRC+ in High-A this past season. He tore his ACL late in the year and is expected to be out until the middle of 2022, so it's unsurprising that he wasn't deemed worthy of a 40-man roster spot.
Nova underwent successful surgery to repair his torn left ACL on Thursday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. Nova landed on the 60-day injured list Monday, and he'll now shift his focus toward the lengthy recovery process. The 21-year-old is expected to be sidelined until sometime near the middle of the 2022 campaign.
Nova landed on the 60-day injured list with a torn left ACL on Monday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports. The move ends Nova's season, and the nature of the injury means it's quite possible he misses a portion of next year as well. Nova will end the season having produced a disappointing .224/.301/.335 line in 73 games for High-A Asheville, striking out in 32.3 percent of his plate appearances.
Nova was added to the Astros' 40-man roster Friday, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports. Nova isn't particularly close to being big-league ready, but the team invested seven figures in signing him back in 2016, and didn't want another team to scoop him up in the Rule 5 draft. Improving his approach and getting to his power and speed more in games will be a priority when he heads to High-A this season.