Nova's elbow surgery performed as planned

Nova's elbow surgery performed as planned

NEW YORK -- Ivan Nova underwent Tommy John surgery on Tuesday to repair the partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, the Yankees announced.

Dr. James Andrews performed the procedure in Pensacola, Fla. The surgery went as expected, the team said.

Nova sustained the injury during an April 19 start against the Rays at Tropicana Field. He began the year as the No. 3 starter in New York's rotation and was 2-2 with an 8.27 ERA in four starts, including allowing a career-high four homers in his final outing.

The recovery time for Tommy John surgery is approximately 12-18 months.

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