Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova took a big step in his comeback from Tommy John elbow surgery Monday, making his first minor-league rehab start.
Nova threw 4.2 innings at Single-A, allowing two runs on three hits while striking out three and walking zero. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that scouts in attendance were impressed with Nova, who topped out at 95 miles per hour about 13 months removed from surgery.
Nova made just four starts last season before being shut down, but the Yankees retained him via arbitration for $3.3 million this year hoping he can rejoin the rotation for the second half. He has a 4.20 ERA in 538 career innings through age 27.
UPDATE: It’s official. Odorizzi is on the DL.
Tampa Bay hasn’t officially placed Jake Odorizzi on the disabled list yet, but pitching coach Jim Hickey said today on MLB Network Radio that the right-hander is “probably a few weeks” from pitching again.
Odorizzi left Friday’s start with a strained oblique muscle, which almost always requires a disabled list stint and typically lasts longer than the minimum 15-day stay.
It’s another tough break for a Rays rotation that has been wrecked by injuries, although at least there’s nothing wrong with Odorizzi’s arm. He was off to a great start with a 2.47 ERA and 63/15 K/BB ratio in 77 innings at age 25.
Rafael Betancourt successfully returned from Tommy John elbow surgery at age 40 and even resumed closing some games for the Rockies, but now he’s been placed on the disabled list with what the team is calling vertigo symptoms.
Betancourt’s elbow is fine, but he’s struggled recently while dealing with a sinus infection and told Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post that he’s been “feeling sick and weak” since mid-May.
As recently as one week ago Betancourt had a 3.44 ERA for the season, showing that he can still be very effective with a 19/3 K/BB ratio, but then he allowed seven runs in two appearances to inflate his ERA to 6.30.