The New York Yankees will have to cope without Ivan Nova until at least next season after he elected to have Tommy John surgery.
The starting pitcher went to two experts to confirm a partial tear in his ulnar collateral ligament and was recommended the surgery over rehab.
He has taken up the advice and elected to go under the knife, effectively ending his season.
Nova will have the procedure on Tuesday with Dr. James Andrews given the task.
Manager Joe Girardi confirmed the report that emerged on Thursday, saying that the chances of the tear repairing itself without surgery was too low.
"I think it's the right decision," manager Joe Girardi told reporters. "I haven't really seen anyone rehab a partially torn ligament and have success. It seems what it does is just delay the inevitable of what's going to happen. Then instead of maybe missing a year and a little bit of time, you miss a couple of years."
Nova will need at least 12 months to recover from the surgery with rehabilitation from a Tommy John procedure taking anywhere between 12-18 months.
He leaves the 2014 season on a 2-2 with an ugly 8.27 ERA in just over 20 innings.
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