MLB In Full Bloom - Is Ivan Nova Done for 2014? - 4/21/2014


Another day, another serious elbow injury to a major league pitcher. On Sunday, it was Ivan Nova who received the bad news. Nova left Saturday's start against the Rays with elbow pain, and Sunday the Yankees placed him on the 15-day disabled list with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. Nova will be examined by the team doctor on Monday, and he'll likely make a decision on whether to have season-ending surgery on the elbow in the next few days. Tommy John surgery is the usual outcome for these types of injuries. It's a devastating blow for Nova and the Yankees, as the team was looking for the 27-year-old to take a step forward after posting a 3.10 ERA in 139 1/3 innings last season. Instead, the Yankees will likely turn to Vidal Nuno who held the Rays scoreless over five innings in a start Sunday.


  • Ryan Howard went 4-for-5 with a home run and three RBI in Sunday's 10-9 win over the Rockies. Howard hit a two-run homer in the third inning before legging out his first triple of the season in the sixth inning. He finished with three runs scored in the game. It was Howard's first four-hit game since July 30, 2011.
  • Justin Morneau went 2-for-4 with a home run and five RBI in Sunday's loss to the Phillies. Morneau got it done by singling in a run in the first inning, an RBI ground out in the third and lifting a sacrifice fly in the fifth before blasting a two-run homer in the seventh. He's been on an absolute tear lately, mashing three home runs and collecting 12 RBI during a five-game hitting streak. He's up to .344 with a .981 OPS for the season.
  • David Wright went 4-for-6 with an RBI and a run scored in the Mets' 4-3, 14-inning win over the Braves on Sunday. All four hits were singles and the entire Mets line-up didn't register an extra-base hit in the marathon win. Wright has an 11-game hitting streak and is 12-for-24 (.500) in the past few days and is now the proud owner of a .316 batting average.
  • Carlos Gonzalez (knee) left Sunday's game against the Phillies with left knee tendinitis. Gonzalez, who evidently tweaked his knee after running out a grounder to end the sixth inning Sunday, is considered day-to-day at this stage. Gonzalez was 1-for-4 with an RBI and two runs before leaving the game.
  • J.J. Hardy (hamstring) was not in Monday's starting lineup after leaving Sunday's game early due to a hamstring issue.  Hardy was not in the Orioles' starting lineup for today's Patriot's Day game in Boston. Ryan Flaherty replaced him at shortstop today and could see a few more starts if Hardy needs more time. Hardy could be back as soon as Tuesday, but fantasy owners should be on the lookout for updates on his status.
  • Carlos Quentin (knee) will head to the team's extended spring training facility on Thursday or Friday this week. Quentin will begin to do more baseball activities and is still a few weeks away from returning the Padres lineup.
  • David Freese (quadriceps) went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in his return to action Sunday. Freese missed a couple of games with a minor quadriceps injury. Freese is batting just .143 on the season and could be in danger of losing his starting third base job to Ian Stewart.