Thursday, August 23, 2012

Next Up For The DL, Ivan Nova!

"I wonder if there's something wrong with my shoulder?"

Earlier today Ivan Nova was diagnosed with inflammation in his rotator cuff, and was placed on the 15-day DL. As of right now it's nothing that will require surgery, or any other invasive treatment, but after seeing Michael Pineda's should issue the Yankees will likely be very careful. 

And why not be overly careful? It's not like the team will miss his 7.28 ERA over his last 8 starts. Opposing batters will miss hitting .316/.377/.537 off of him over that same time period, but who cares about those guys? I think the time away will give him a chance to clear his head and think about things. I'm sure that going out every 5 days and getting bombed causes some amount of emotional stress. 

Mike over at River Avenue Blues said it wouldn't be a "total surprise" if we've seen the last of Ivan in 2012. I wouldn't wish that type of thing on anybody, but I don't think that would be the worst thing in the World. With Sabathia returning tomorrow night, Kuroda pitching like an ace, Hughes throwing to a 3.78 ERA over his last 8 starts, Garcia pitching pretty well at the bottom of the rotation (outside of his start against the White Sox a couple nights ago), Pettitte coming back in a month or so, and Phelps having a 2.92 ERA as a starter so far (5 starts), I think the team will be just fine without Nova.

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