NEW YORK -- For Ivan Nova, the decision to have Tommy John surgery was fairly clear.
"I really had no choice," Nova said on Friday. "There's no reason to be wasting time."
The partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in Nova's right elbow was diagnosed after he left his start last Saturday against the Rays in St. Petersburg complaining of pain. The Yankees announced on Thursday that the right-hander will be having Tommy John surgery on Tuesday in Birmingham, Ala.
"It's hard, but I think it's the right way," Nova said.
Danny Knobler is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.