Ivan Nova tore his ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow on April 20th and it was the first of the Yankees’ rotation-changing injuries. As a result, he underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery on April 29th. Nova has been limited to rehab exercises until Thursday when he got to run outside at Yankee Stadium.
“I got to go outside and run a little bit,” Nova said, speaking Spanish. “Other than that, I’m doing the same treatments and exercises, lifting light weights and all that. Just getting stronger.” Nova said that he plans to start throwing by the beginning of September maybe even the end of August. “I’m still two months away,” said Nova, “I still have a ways to go.”
The Yankees have not set a timetable for Nova’s return, “We haven’t even thought about that,” Nova said to Jorge Castillo of the Star Ledger. “We’re just taking it one day at a time.” Nova, 27, has spent the last 2 months watching the Yankees run out youngsters who have performed well in some cases, but you know he is anxious to return to the mound. Throwing is a huge step in his rehab and a great sign for the Yankees.