Ivan Nova was diagnosed Sunday with a partially-torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and is expected to undergo season-ending Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. That leaves a big gap in the Yankees’ starting rotation — one that will be filled, at least initially, by left-hander Vidal Nuno.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi officially named Nuno the club’s new fifth starter on Tuesday evening, according to WFAN’s Sweeny Murti. The 26-year-old southpaw tossed five scoreless innings and struck out six batters in what was thought to be a spot start Sunday versus the Rays.
His next start will be this Saturday at Yankee Stadium against the visiting Angels.
Nuno owns a 3.68 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, and 20/11 K/BB ratio in 29 1/3 career major league innings. He had a 1.14 ERA, 0.64 WHIP, and 30/2 K/BB ratio in 25 frames last season at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
The Yankees threatened early against the Twins in the top of the first inning of Monday night’s game in Minnesota. DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Judge drew leadoff walks Martín Pérez, bringing up slugger Edwin Encarnación. Encarnación battled Pérez, ultimately rolling over on the ninth pitch, a change-up. Third baseman Luis Arraez gobbled it up and stepped on the third base bag, then fired to Jonathan Schoop at second base for the second out. Schoop got the ball over to Miguel Sanó at first base just in time to complete the 5-4-3 triple play.
It’s the second triple play turned this year, as the White Sox also accomplished a 5-4-3 double play on May 22 against the Astros. The Twins’ last triple play occurred on June 1, 2017 against the Angels, also a 5-4-3 triple-killing.
The Yankees were eventually able to generate some offense in the third inning on a Gio Urshela solo homer and an RBI single from Encarnación. It’s a 2-2 game as this gets published.