Yankees place Ivan Nova on 15-day DL with triceps inflammation


The Yankees have placed Ivan Nova on the 15-day DL with right triceps inflammation according to Dan Barbarisi. That’s pretty much the best case scenario. He left last night’s start with what was originally called elbow pain, but after the game he and Joe Girardi confirmed it was stiffness in the triceps and not the elbow.

Vidal Nuno has been called up to fill Nova’s vacated roster spot, and. Derek Jeter was moved over to the 60-day DL to clear a 40-man roster spot. David Phelps will replace Nova in the rotation and Nuno will work out of the bullpen.

Categories : Asides, Injuries
  • trr

    well, it could’ve been worse, but given how most of the team’s injuries seem to extend well past the original return dates, let’s hope it’s no more serious than this… at least, we have an obvious, viable replacement in Davis Phelps. I’m much more troubled by the loss of Cervelli…

  • Havok9120

    Welp. Alright children. Time to earn your roster spots.

    Hopefully there’s a lot of hard choices to make with so many people deserving of roster spots when the Injury Brigade starts coming back.

  • hogsmog

    “Come on Pineda, daddy needs a new pair of trousers.”

    *blows on dice*

  • Dicka24

    Is there any limit to how many injuries one team can sustain? We get the “Yankees are old” line everyone poops out whenever a regular got/gets hurt, but even the young guys are dropping like flies. As a fan the one silver lining is that we get to see some of the youngsters get called up for a shot. I just hope they can stay .500 or so and in the mix until the big guns start to come back. The pitching and defense will have to carry us till then.

    • hogsmog

      I mean, one thing that does annoy me is that Cervelli’s injury was totally preventable- every catcher should tuck their throwing hand behind their back (there wasn’t a runner on, so it’s not like he was getting ready for a pickoff throw). I get that it’s still random, but bothers me in the same way it would if say, Sabathia hurt his hand trying to barehand a hard comebacker.

      So it goes.

      • Cool Lester Smooth

        After all, not every pitcher is Ron Villone.

    • nsalem

      If the pitching holds up we will be well over .500 by June 1st. This team as constituted if our top 4 starters and relievers stay health is as any team in this division. Especially if that old washed up guy from Cleveland starts getting 5AB’s everyday.

  • Now Batting

    I probably would’ve been a lot more concerned about these injuries a few weeks ago (it’s amazing what a little winning will do). I’m more worried about who replaces Phelps than Phelps replacing Nova. Losing another righty bat really hurts although Romine shouldn’t be an awful replacement.

  • Barry

    Scott Proctor has just become available. he could probably spot start.

    • Pseudoyanks

      Please No Mitre.

      • Havok9120

        The Experience will save us.

  • Jonathan

    Hasn’t Garza been out like a year with tricep stiffness? I really hope this doesn’t turn out to be another Manny Banuelos/Gardner injury deal where they miss the whole year basically and THEN the doctors go for surgery. Running Stewart/Nunez/Ichiro/Nix/Overbay/Gardner/Francisco out there daily is like punting the HR category in fantasy. Runs are going to be tough to come by considering you don’t even get speed with over half of them. Thank goodness for Wells and Robbie not having a slow start.

  • Govin

    I’m ready to see what Nuno has to offer. Looks like Kevin Youkillis is going to be playing today, and Travis Hafner is Dhing. That makes me happy.

  • Eddard

    Let’s see what Phelpsy and Nuno can do. If Phelps starts and does well then he should stay. If Nuno is an effective lefty out of the pen then he should stay and Nova should go back to AAA to work on his stuff.

    The team is doing just fine. 4 games over .500 with all these injuries. They’re still at home for 8 more games. 7/10 on the home stand is very possible with the Astros coming to town on Monday. Everyone talks about the Amazing As. They’ve played 8 games against the AL East and have won 1 of those games.

  • Steve (different one)

    The silver lining is that Phelps looked awesome last night against a decent lineup.

  • Pseudoyanks

    When did Nuno last pitch?

    • Govin

      Nuno was supposed to pitch today for the Railriders so I’m guessing five days ago.

      • Pseudoyanks


    • vicki

      sunday. 5.2ip. he’s ready to go the distance today.

      i’m PSYCHED.

  • Samuel

    If the Yankees promoted Nuno to be a long man out of pen, and get a few innings in blowout games, that is a very stupid idea.

    If you bring up a AAA starter, to replace a ML starter, why not let the new pitcher get the rotation spot? See what he can do in what his role has been the last couple seasons. Because when you send him down again when Nova returns, they will then do the “stretched out” bullshit.

    Let Nuno start, keep Phelps in the pen. And I am a huge Phelps fan and believer so it’s not like I don’t believe Phelps couldn’t start.

    • jjyank

      “If you bring up a AAA starter, to replace a ML starter, why not let the new pitcher get the rotation spot?”

      Maybe because the Yankees think Phelps is a better pitcher? Crazy logic, I know.

      If Nuno spends a couple weeks in the bullpen, I doubt it will cause his development some irreparable damage. Not a big deal. Personally, I would have preferred that Montgomery got the call up, but it’s not a big deal.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        BUT TEH JOBA.

      • Cool Lester Smooth

        But, but, Nuno might be the next Brett Cecil! (Albeit without the fastball velocity)

  • vicki

    are people really upset about nova’s injury? this is a blessing. i would start angsting days before his every start; now i feel free.

    • Samuel

      I think it’s really funny how people are worried Cervelli and Nova are both out, since this time a year ago no one thought much of either one.

      • Havok9120

        Yes, how odd that people are worried when an injury depleted team loses two more guys off the 25 man.

        • vicki

          brains will be missed, but you look me in the eye and tell me you don’t think nova’s injury is PROVIDENCE.

          • Havok9120

            I don’t necessarily disagree. I’m just saying, we can’t keep dropping like flies. After a certain point, semi-competent warm bodies (which is what Nova is at a minimum) are needed.

            • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

              Right. Now they can’t even send Nova to Triple-A so he could work on stuff. Injuries are never good.

      • vicki

        it’ll be pretty hard for romine/stewart to produce at the rate cervelli was, but you know what? it would’ve been hard for cervelli to continue to produce at that level too. now he doesn’t regress for all the world to see. trade value optimally high!

        i kid. kind of.

  • Tom

    April 21st…. so he’s at full rest.

    FYI – Mike A tracks the minor league pitch counts for the AAA guys in the bullpen workload page.

    • Tom

      Oops – meant as a reply to pseudoyanks

      • Pseudoyanks

        Received. Thanks buddy.

  • Kiko Jones

    This is what I dug up on Nuño: he’s 25-years-old; as a part of the Yankee organization in the minors he’s got a 2.10 ERA with a 218/40 K/BB rate in 226 2/3 innings; climbed from Single-A to Triple-A in less than 24 months; allowed one run in 14 2/3 innings during spring training; pitched for Team DR in an exhibition game vs the Yankees—Nuño is a native Californian of Mexican ancestry but Tony Peña’s WBC squad was a short a pitcher at the time—and greatly impressed the Yankee brass.

    • Govin

      Ya I remember when he shut down the Yankees Offense. I think we were all trying to figure out Whether he was that good or the Yankees were that bad.


    Why don’t the Yankees promote bullpen pitchers for bullpen roles…and starters for starting roles?

    Warren and/or Nuno will get the “But he’s not stretched out!” Excuse when someone gets hurt and they can only throw 50 pitches, taxing the bullpen.

    • jjyank

      It’s pretty easy to stretch them out. Phelps was in the bullpen, threw 70-some pitches in relief last night, and now is good for ~100 in 5 days. That problem didn’t surface with Phelps, we can’t assume it without a doubt will with Warren or Nuno if the time even comes.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Because that logic is an incredibly recent phenomenon, if it even is one.

    • Havok9120

      Yeah, just like Phe-

      Oh. Right. Bullpen sessions.