Yankees lineup vs. Red Sox - Surgery recommended for Ivan Nova

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

After a very difficult series in Tampa, the Yankees came away with a split and a taxed bullpen. They had a day to rest and now David Robertson is back. Masahiro Tanaka will make his first start in Boston and Jacoby Ellsbury returns to Fenway for the first time since becoming a Yankee.

Brett Gardner sits against the left-handed Jon Lester as Ellsbury bats leadoff and Derek Jeter hits in his normal spot. Carlos Beltran is the DH with Alfonso Soriano in the outfield. Mark Teixeira bats fifth with Brian McCann and third baseman Yangervis Solarte behind him. Ichiro Suzuki is in the game as well and Brian Roberts rounds out the lineup.

According to a team email:

Under the supervision of Yankees Team Physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad, RHP Ivan Nova underwent an MRI arthrogram today at NewYork Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan. Results of the exam confirmed the original diagnosis of a partial tear of the right ulnar collateral ligament. Surgery has been recommended.

If Nova undergoes Tommy John surgery, it will take at least one full year before he is ready to return to the majors, though it could take him longer to fully recover. Add him to the list of TJS victims this season.

With Ivan Nova out, Vidal Nuno is listed among the starting pitchers on the lineup card. Could this simply be saying that he is unavailable after starting on Sunday, or is it more than that? David Phelps is considered another candidate to take over Nova's rotation spot, so perhaps nothing has been decided yet. We have another four days before we find out definitively who will be taking the mound on a regular basis. For all we know, that pitcher isn't even in the organization yet.

UPDATE:

Well ok then.

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