NEW YORK (WFAN) – Yankees starting pitcher Ivan Nova felt tightness in his right shoulder during his start on Tuesday, manager Joe Girardi told WFAN’s Mike Francesa on Wednesday.
The 25-year-old will miss at least one start and is headed back to New York to undergo tests.
“Nova’s shoulder grabbed a little bit, so we’re going to send him back for some tests,” Girardi said. “We don’t think it’s much, but we’re going to have to make sure that he’s OK.”
A stint on the disabled list is possible for the right-hander after he allowed six earned runs on seven hits in Tuesday’s night loss to the White Sox.
“Is he a DL candidate? I think we’ll know more when he sees the doctor in a couple of days.” Girardi said.
Girardi added that Nova felt the stiffness while facing his last hitter of the evening.
Pitching in his third season with the Bronx Bombers, the six-foot-four, 225-pounder is 11-7 with a 4.92 ERA in 25 starts. He’s recorded 139 strikeouts to just 50 walks, but has allowed 25 home runs in 157 1/3 innings pitched.
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