Via Donnie Collins, the Yankees have called up Ivan Nova in advance of tonight’s game. With Sergio Mitre and Javy Vazquez set to start the next two games after A.J. Burnett’s short outing yesterday, the team was in need of a fresh long reliever, which is exactly what Nova is. He had a 3.15 FIP with a 32-12 K/BB ratio in 37 IP, plus a tidy 1.78 GB/FB ratio. I told you everything you need to know about Nova back in December.
Update by Ben (3:40 p.m.): Per Bryan Hoch, Romulo Sanchez is off the Yankee roster. He wouldn’t have been available for a few days anyway following his 52-pitch relief appearance. Of the remaining AAA pitchers on the Yanks’ 40-man, Jonathan Albaladejo now could come up without a corresponding DL move, and Mark Melancon will be eligible to rejoin the Yanks by the end of the week.