TAMPA, Florida — New York Yankees starter Ivan Nova has thrown his first batting practice session since elbow ligament- replacement surgery last April.
Nova threw 20 pitches Tuesday at the Yankees' minor league complex and appears on track to rejoin the team in June. He tore the ligament last April 19 during a game against Tampa Bay and had surgery 10 days later.
He admitted he was nervous at first but settled down and was happy with his final 10 to 15 pitches. The right-hander has another batting practice outing slated for Friday.
Nova is 40-22 in parts of five major league seasons. He is eligible for free agency after the 2016 season.