Ivan Nova diagnosed with Grade 1 forearm strain


Ivan Nova was pulled from last night’s game after two innings with tightness in his forearm and today the Yankees announced that he’s been diagnosed with a Grade 1 flexor strain.

Marc Carig of the Newark Star Ledger reports that the Yankees expect the injury to “heal on its own this winter,” so there’s no worry that Nova will need surgery or anything serious.

In the moment there was plenty of speculation that manager Joe Girardi pulled Nova early due to performance issues, but while the right-hander may have been on a short leash after serving up a pair of first-inning homers the injury clear led to his exit.

Henderson Alvarez signs with Tigres de Quintana Roo

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Free agent right-hander Henderson Alvarez signed a deal with the Tigres de Quintana Roo of the Mexican Baseball League earlier this week, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Friday. The righty wasn’t necessarily too fringey a player to hack it in the big leagues, but there were no MLB takers in attendance during his showcase in Venezuela last month and he clearly felt it best to try his luck elsewhere.

The 27-year-old’s last major league gig came with the Phillies, for whom he delivered a 4.30 ERA, 6.8 BB/9 and 3.7 SO/9 over 14 2/3 innings in 2017. While he’s not too far removed from his first and only All-Star bid in 2014, he was besieged by shoulder issues in 2015 and 2016 and underwent season-ending surgeries as a result.

That added injury risk, coupled with the fact that he hasn’t pitched more than 22 innings in a single season since 2014, may have been too much for major league teams to take on this spring. Assuming he steers clear of further injuries, however, a return to the majors may not be entirely out of the question in years to come.