This was the always the endgame, even after Nova requested a second opinion on his partially torn UCL earlier this week. Dr. James Andrews was given the second look and he echoed the recommendation of Yankees team doctor Dr. Ahmad that Nova have Tommy John Surgery on the ligament.
Nova will go under the knife for TJS next Tuesday, with Dr. Andrews himself performing the surgery. It will officially end Nova's 2014 season, and with recovery time still an estimated 12-18 months, Nova will also lose most of his 2015 season. A tough break for Nova and the Yankees. Maybe this will help fix some of the minor arm issues he had leading up to the tear, but typically arm injuries mean more arm injuries.