Ivan Nova has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, adding to the New York Yankees wounded players.
The news comes from a tweet by Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News.
Ivan Nova has been diagnosed with inflammation in his right rotator cuff and was placed on the 15-day DL.
— Mark Feinsand (@BloggingBombers) August 23, 2012
Here's why Nova's injury isn't a big deal for the Bombers, despite missing a bunch of starting pitchers already.
CC Sabathia's Return
Sabathia is the Yankees ace and his return to their rotation is huge for the team. The big left-hander just got off a 15-day DL stint himself and his return is welcomed without a doubt.
So in effect, the Yankees are replacing Nova in the rotation with Sabathia and in my book, that's a pretty good deal no matter how Nova is pitching.
Nova has had a rough season in 2012, far worse than his 2011 campaign that saw him win 16 games as a standout rookie.
This year, Nova has been nothing short of dreadful for New York. His record is a respectable 11-7, but that's thanks to having a great offense backing him up.
Nova's ERA is a terrible 4.92, which is a full run higher than it was last season.
At this point, with how poorly he's pitched, it's doubtful Nova would even get a playoff start even if he was healthy. Nova might rebound next season, but it looks like this season is a wash for the 25-year-old.
That being said, the Yanks might be better off without Nova taking the mound on a regular basis.
Phelps has been a pleasant surprise as a spot starter for the Yankees and upon the return of Sabathia to the rotation, Phelps might have been banished to the bullpen.
But all that has changed thanks to Nova's injury. Now Phelps will remain in the starting five for the time being, a spot that he has more than earned.
Phelps has always kept the Bombers in the games he's started, despite not giving great length. However, his last two starts have shown great progression for the rookie.
Two solid outings against the Texas Rangers and Boston Red Sox that saw Phelps go five innings and 6.2 innings, respectively, prove that Phelps is ready to turn the corner and become a starter who can give New York innings as well as effectiveness.
At this point, Phelps is more reliable than Nova and it's a good thing for the Yankees considering Phelps is healthy and Nova is not.
Plenty of Reinforcements
If there is one thing you must give general manager Brian Cashman a ton of credit for, it is how he stacked the Bombers with starting pitching before the season started.
Guys like Phelps, Freddy Garcia and even potentially Derek Lowe can all fill the void left by Nova. All of the names mentioned could do as good, if not better, of a job on the mound than the struggling Nova.
The Bombers have plenty of options to go to while Nova is out and none of them could do much worse than the 25-year-old has done this season.
Time to Figure Nova's Issues Out
As I outlined before, Nova's 2012 season has been one to forget. That being said, the Bombers now have a little extra time to figure out exactly what is wrong with Nova.
It might have been his current injury slowing him down, but it's been a full season of struggles for Nova, minus the month of June. Being that he is depended upon to take the ball every fifth day with all their injuries, it was tough for the Bombers to sit their starter to figure out his problems.
This latest injury will give New York time to do just that.67199