Yankees' Ivan Nova to have season-ending elbow surgery
BOSTON - The second opinion matched the first, and Ivan Nova is headed for surgery.
Nova, diagnosed with a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow last weekend, will undergo Tommy John surgery on Tuesday.
The procedure will be performed by Dr. James Andrews, to whom Nova's MRI was sent on Wednesday for a second opinion. Yankees team physician Christopher Ahmad evaluated Nova, 27, earlier in the week and recommended surgery.
"I think it's the right decision," Joe Girardi said. "I haven't really seen anyone rehab a partially torn ligament and have success. Seems what it does is delay the inevitable and then instead of missing a year, it's a couple of years. Obviously, it's difficult to go through, but a lot of times you come back stronger."
Nova finished the season 2-2 with an 8.27 ERA.
Girardi will not face any discipline for swatting an ESPN mobile camera Wednesday night. The camera was focusing into the tunnel leading to the clubhouse, where Michael Pineda was in a discussion with the trainer and pitching coach. "I'm fine with MLB, MLB is fine with me," he said. "I know everyone wants access, but there has to be some area where we can go communicate with our players and there's not a microphone or camera. You have to have some privacy."
The Yankees transferred Nova from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL and recalled righthander Shane Greene from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Righthander Bruce Billings, who was in Scranton, was put on the 25-man roster (which will be at 24 during Pineda's suspension) and Dean Anna and Preston Claiborne were optioned to Scranton . . . Girardi said Brendan Ryan (back) had five at-bats in a rehab game and might be able to return in seven to 10 days.