Ivan Nova MRI reveals partial tear

News from the New York Yankees and medical update on pitcher Ivan Nova:

The New York Yankees late Tuesday provided an update on the medical update on pitcher Ivan Nova: Under the supervision of Yankees Team Physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad, RHP Ivan Nova underwent an MRI arthrogram today at NewYork Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan. Results of the exam confirmed the original diagnosis of a partial tear of the right ulnar collateral ligament. Surgery has been recommended.

Nova left in the fifth inning of Saturday night's game against the Tampa Bay Rays after feeling pain in his elbow after delivering a pitch to Evan Longoria. Nova was noticed wincing and shaking his arm by Yankees bench coach Tony Pena, who alerted manager Joe Girardi.

"It's really unfortunate," Girardi said. "It's a guy that obviously we were counting on pretty heavily this year. We felt pretty good about our starters leaving spring training, but now we're going to find out how deep we are."

A permanent replacement for Nova in the Yankees pitching rotation is being discussed. it could be left-hander Vidal Numo who started Sunday in the Yankees series finale against the Rays down in Tampa.  Sources say the Yankees are probably going to stick with Numo who tossed five innings and no runs in their win.

Tuesday night New York opens a three-game series against the Boston Red Sox up in Fenway Park.

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