Ivan Nova exits early with tight forearm

Updated: October 7, 2011, 8:45 AM ET
By Ian Begley | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- Things didn't go so well in Game 5 for New York Yankees starter Ivan Nova, who lasted just two innings before leaving with the Yankees trailing the Detroit Tigers 2-0. But there was a reason for his quick exit: a tight right forearm.

Nova allowed back-to-back home runs in the first inning and began to feel tightness in the top of the second. He was removed after getting out of the inning.

Nova will have an MRI on Friday to determine the extent of the injury. The 24-year-old right-hander will have plenty of time to heal as the Tigers took Game 5 of the ALDS on Thursday, ending the Yankees' season.

"I felt really tight in the second inning. I don't want to get out of the game, but they took me out, because I said it was hurting bad right now," said Nova, who took the loss after allowing two runs on three hits.

The Tigers got to Nova before most fans got a chance to get settled in their seats. Don Kelly and Delmon Young belted back-to-back homers with one out in the first, silencing a stunned crowd at Yankee Stadium.

"I just made two bad pitches, and they took advantage," Nova said.

Nova, who got the win in the rain-interrupted series opener, also allowed a leadoff double to Magglio Ordonez in the second. He threw 24 of his 31 pitches for strikes and struck out three in two innings before giving way to Phil Hughes.

Hughes pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings, and Boone Logan got two outs. Then in the fifth inning, CC Sabathia made his first career relief appearance in 370 games pitched.

Rafael Soriano relieved Sabathia in the sixth. In all, the Yankees used seven pitchers in Game 5.

Detroit left fielder Delmon Young left in the seventh inning Thursday night because of a mild strain of his left oblique.

Young popped out to end the top of the seventh but did not go out to take his position in the field. He was replaced by Ryan Raburn.

Ian Begley is a frequent contributor to ESPNNewYork.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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