Since tearing his ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow in early April, all Ivan Nova could do is sit and watch his team in a heated AL East battle involving themselves, the Toronto Blue Jays and the Baltimore Orioles. However, Nova began his road to recovery today when he ran at Yankee Stadium for the first time since having Tommy John Surgery.
“I got to go outside and run a little bit,” Nova said to NJ.com (in Spanish). “Other than that, I’m doing the same treatments and exercises, liting light weights and all that. Just getting stronger.”
Nova says the plan is for him to start throwing in August or early September–September being the most likely–but he reminded everyone he was still ways away from returning to the Yankees.
“I’m still two months away,” Nova said. “I still have a ways to go.”
Although Nova knows he’ll be throwing in September and he’s progressing nicely, there’s no timetable for him as to when he’ll be pitching in a Major League game for the Yankees again.
“We haven’t even thought about that,” Nova said. “We’re just taking it one day at a time.”