Apr 19, 2014; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Ivan Nova (47) reacts after he gave up a solo home run during the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

BREAKING: Ivan Nova to DL

The Yankees were hoping to avoid the injury bug that plagued them for the 2013 season. Thus far it hasn’t gone that way. Big names like Mark Teixeira and David Robertson have already spent time on the DL. Now, it appears that it is Ivan Nova’s turn.

According to Yankees’ beat reporter, Bryan Hoch, Ivan Nova suffered a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament on his throwing elbow. He will officially be placed on the DL today. Yankees team physician, Dr. Chris Ahmad, will run further tests on Nova’s right elbow tomorrow.

Nova left yesterday’s game on his 82nd pitch in the fifth inning. He was already getting shelled to a tune of 8 earned runs allowed on four long balls. After firing a 90 mph fastball to Evan Longoria, Nova was visibly in pain as he shook his arm. Girardi quickly went to the mound and Nova was pulled.

The young righty is off to a 2-2 start this season with his ERA jumping almost three points to 8.27 after yesterday’s injury-fueled disaster. Nova had an up and down season last year as he battled inconsistency in the first half only to come back stronger than ever in the second half after a three game demotion to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Masahiro Tanaka will most likely move up to fill Nova’s third slot in the rotation while Michael Pineda will fill the empty four slot. One of David Phelps, Adam Warren, or Vidal Nuno will most likely become the fifth starter, however all three have had rather uninspiring starts out of the bullpen to the 2014 season. Hopefully Monday’s results come back positive and this is a short DL stint for Nova.

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