Ivan Nova seeking another opinion on partially torn UCL

The Education of Dellin Betances
Game 21: Big Mike in Little Fenway

Ivan Nova has requested another opinion on the partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, according to Chad Jennings. The Collective Bargaining Agreement allows plays to get another opinion from the doctor of their choice. The test results are being sent to Dr. James Andrews and it is unclear if he will look at Nova himself. Yankees team doctor Dr. Ahmad confirmed the original diagnosis during yesterday’s exam, but I guess Ivan wants to make sure he can not avoid Tommy John surgery before going under the knife. No big deal. Few days won’t make a difference.

The Education of Dellin Betances
Game 21: Big Mike in Little Fenway
  • W.B. Mason Williams

    So you’re saying he’s going to pitch left handed…

  • W.B. Mason Williams

    They’re just making sure they operate on the right elbow…or is it the left one? Doctoring is such a silly business.

  • mitch

    Has the diagnosis after a second opinion every changed for the better in the history of baseball injuries?

  • Darren

    I hope he prescribes 1 month of rest and 1 month of rehab and we can “trade” for Ivan Nova around the All Star break.

  • LarryM Fl

    Taking the Arod approach, I’m sure there is a doctor of some acclaim down on the Bowery. Who will give an opposing diagnosis without an examination of the patient.

    • vicki

      larry with the throwback reference. sadly, the bowery is now mostly chichi bistros and designer boutiques.

      • I’m One

        Just visited the site that was formerly CBGB’s (now a John Varvatos store). Used to go to The Great Gildersleeve’s a block north of there regularly around 1980. The Bowery just isn’t the same anymore …..

        • vicki

          omigod, you must’ve seen some amazing shows. way before my time, but i’ve heard stories.


        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          Yup. I once bought a pair of Varvatos Converse shoes right off the stage whee Tom Verlaine and Joey Ramone played. Strange.

          At least the store actually sells some pretty vintage receivers, which I find pretty cool.

      • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

        larry with the throwback reference. sadly, the bowery Manhattan is now mostly chichi bistros and designer boutiques.


    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      That guy probably got priced out of the Bowery a while ago. Daniel Boulud opened a spot in its place where, ironically, A-Rod may be right now.


    Did you hear about the time Nova walked into Dr. Andrews’ office?

    He said, “Doc, you’ve got to help me, I’ve hurt my arm in several places.”

    Dr. Andrews replied, “well, don’t go there anymore.”

    “But,” Nova continued moving his arm in a throwing motion, “it hurts when I do this.”

    “So, don’t do that.”

    Fed up, Nova yelled “I want a second opinion!”

    “OK, you’re ugly too.”

    /remember to tip your waitress and try the veal.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      I shouldn’t have laughed, but here we are.

    • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

      The Sunshine Boys called they want a royalty check

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    Once he gets the surgery done I think he’ll be a solid #2-#3 for years to come. He’s still young enough and we’ve seen TJ pitchers come back and have great success. Nova has the stuff to win in the AL East.

    • whozat

      When healthy, he probably has the stuff, sure. He has yet to demonstrate his ability for more than a couple months in a row, even while staying healthy. History is littered with pitchers that had great stuff but could never find consistency, or for whom the very usage of their nastier breaking pitches was the cause of their injury issues. What evidence is there to think Nova will be any different?

  • willie w

    maybe A-Rod told him not to trust any doctor with a malpractice suit in the works

  • Preston

    Can’t blame the guy for being in denial. But we all know how this story ends.

    • Farewell Mo

      Yep. Just get the surgery done and start the recovery process ASAP.

  • ALZ

    As long as it’s a reputable doctor. If it needs to be done they don’t want to waste a whole lot of time trying to rehab it. For him though I think it’s best for him to get it out of the way. He already has 3 years of service time, he doesn’t want it to end up pushing into his free agent years.

  • RetroRob

    Andrews is a legit as they come for this type of surgery, so that’s a positive. Be pretty surprising if he didn’t recommend TJS.

  • vicki

    maybe some minor psychosurgery, as long as he’s in there.

    • Farewell Mo

      Hypnotize him into not getting hurt every damn season. He’s yet to break 175 innings in a season

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    Speaking of folks needing TJ, Josh Johnson.

    Life sure handed that guy’s career the shit end of the stick.

  • Cheval Anonyme

    Yangervis Solarte anagram of the day:

    From yesterday: “Ivan’s Greatly Sore”

    Today’s: “Nova Grey; Ails. Rest?”

  • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

    He’s consulting Dr. Nick