BOSTON - Ivan Nova wants to exhaust every option before choosing to undergo Tommy John surgery, his right as a player.
So the pitcher, for whom the Yankees have recommended surgery to repair the partial tear of his right ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, will seek a second opinion.
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The club announced Wednesday that Nova will send his MRI results to renowned orthopedic surgeon, Dr. James Andrews, this week. It was not immediately clear if Nova planned to be evaluated by Dr. Andrews in person.
"I would always encourage second opinions when you're facing a surgical procedure," general manager Brian Cashman said on the field before Wednesday night's game.
Nova left Saturday night's start against the Rays in St. Petersburg with elbow discomfort and an MRI taken later that night showed the tear. Yankees team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad evaluated Nova Tuesday and confirmed the diagnosis, recommending surgery. Typical recovery time from Tommy John surgery is 12-18 months.
"I mean, in fairness, I'll let Andrews weigh in," Cashman said. "But we did announce our team physician's recommendation is obviously surgery."
Gardy just right
Before Wednesday night, Brett Gardner said his only experience in rightfield came in spring training "2006 or 2007" when Joe Torre was the manager.
"It was like the seventh inning, we were in Winter Haven playing against the Indians and he was like 'Hey, kid, can you play rightfield?' " Gardner said Wednesday. "I said, 'Yes, sir,' and grabbed my glove and went out there. It shouldn't be too bad."
Girardi said he wanted Gardner's speed in Fenway's expansive rightfield and, additionally, Alfonso Soriano was more comfortable in left.
"I don't think it will be too tough for him to adjust," Girardi said of Gardner.
Brendan Ryan, who started the season on the disabled list with a pinched nerve in his back, has started playing rehab games again after a mild setback with his hamstring last weekend. Girardi said he hopes Ryan could be ready to return in 7-10 days.
With David Lennon