It's not a HUGE breaking story, I think we could all see this coming, but the Yankees have announced that Nova will be placed on the 15-day DL with what's being called inflammation of his right rotator cuff.
Via Chad Jennings, the plan for now is to treat Nova with medicine and rest, and he will not throw or even pick up a baseball for at least 5 days. Given the injury problems they've already had this year, and the season-ending nature of Michael Pineda's shoulder injury, it wouldn't surprise me if that "no throw" ban goes much longer than just 5 days. You can't take risks with a rotator cuff.
Nova going to the DL opens up a roster spot for CC to come off tomorrow, so at least there won't have to be any funky roster moves to accommodate the big fella, but this is still hardly good news for Nova or the Yankees. After a promising 2011, Nova crashed back to earth this year and now he's dealing with a shoulder injury. Major bummer.
If any new details come out later, I'll update as needed.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
(Courtesy of The AP)
As if the organization hasn't had enough problems with injuries to pitchers this season, that list got lengthened by 1 yesterday when it was reported that Ivan Nova felt something "pull" in his right shoulder during his 6th and final inning of work the other night. Nova is already scheduled to go back to New York for tests and will miss at least his next start on Monday. Beyond that it's unknown right now, but I imagine we'll be getting answers to those questions and find out if Nova needs a trip to the DL in the next day or so. In the context of everything else that's going on with the starting rotation and the team right now, what does this injury to Nova mean?
(The only guy in the lineup to do something meaningful last night. Courtesy of The AP)
Facing a young, hard-throwing pitcher with a funky delivery who they'd never faced before wasn't a winning formula on paper for the Yankees. Chris Sale has nasty stuff and he's proven multiple times this season that when he's on he can be unhittable. Well he was on last night and there wasn't much the Yankee lineup could do against him. Phil Hughes, who's been "meh" at best lately, had his work cut out for him last night to keep the Yankees in the game, but he did have a good history against the White Sox going in. The stage was set for a pitchers' duel, and that's exactly what we got.
- Hughes was a little uneven in the 1st, when he walked 2 batters, but he righted the ship quickly with some well-located fastballs and a 7-pitch 2nd.
- Hughes got into some more trouble in the 3rd inning when he gave up a leadoff double to Gordon Beckham. He worked out of it, but not before giving up 1 run on a Kevin Youkilis sac fly.
- As you would expect, Sale started off dominating the Yankee lineup. Mark Teixeira hit a fastball for a double in the 2nd, Robinson Cano hit a hanging slider for a double in the 4th, and that was all Sale allowed through a scoreless 4. His stuff was nasty and he was making a lot of guys look bad.
- It took a third time through the lineup for something to click, at least for Derek Jeter, who took Sale deep on a fastball up with 1 out in the 6th to tie the game at 1. It was Jeter's third straight game with a HR and the fourth straight HR he pulled to left field. Who was saying something about that trend yesterday?? Hmmmmm...
- Almost on cue, Hughes came back in the bottom half of the 6th with a meatball that Alex Rios hit for a solo HR. It was wildly disappointing, as Hughes actually pitched very well overall through 7 innings, allowing just the 2 runs and 5 hits.
- Sale was just too much for the Yankee lineup, striking out 13 and only allowing the 3 previously mentioned hits in 7.2 IP before turning it over to the bullpen, who finished things off with ease.