Nova expected to start Saturday after bullpen session


Via Mark Feinsand, right-hander Ivan Nova is expected to make his next start Saturday after throwing this regular side session today. Nova suffered a right foot contusion and a sprained right ankle against the Orioles on Monday after getting hit by a comebacker and then taking an awkward step fielding a chopper. Glad he’s okay, now he just needs to work on keeping the ball down.

Categories : Asides, Injuries
  • Betty Lizard

    I’m hoping that the accidental “realignment” of Nova’s right side will result in his keeping the ball down. Hey, a girl can dream.

  • vin

    “Glad he’s okay, now he just needs to work on keeping the ball down.”

    Speaking of which, has anyone been following the chatter about Trevor Bauer (who just got promoted to AAA) and his preference to pitch up in the strikezone?

    Pitches low in the zone = groundballs, which go for hits more often than flyballs. However, flyballs tend to go for homeruns every once in awhile. It’ll be interesting to see if his style buts heads with AZ’s coaching staff, and how it all translates to the big leagues.

    • Mike Axisa

      Yeah, his Twitter feed has kind turned me on to the idea that fly balls are not necessarily a bad thing.

      • jjyank

        We talked about this the other, day, I think it can definitely be a good thing as long as: (1. It plays to the pitchers strengths (power fastball I would imagine) and (2. The team has good outfield defense. Having it be in a pitcher’s park certainly helps. but I don’t think it’s as necessary as the other two.

        • vin

          I think the pitcher’s park thing may be just as important as the other two, especially as the pitcher ages and his stuff isn’t as spectacular as it was when he was 24.

          Imagine a flyball righty in YS3, or a flyball lefty in Fenway? The fastball has to be good enough so that it’s tough to pull.

          • jjyank

            The thing is though, I think that if the first two are there, the stadium plays a lesser role. It helps. but if you have a power fly ball pitcher and superb defense, a couple of extra homers over a 162 game season won’t make much of a difference IMO.

            I think the park comes into play as a more important factor when you have superb defense but an inferior pitcher, or a good pitcher but mediocre defense.

  • jsbrendog

    i just hope they’re not rushing him back leading to further injury. I mean, sprained ankles can be tricky and the word contusion and foot scare me. I mean, this is what freddy garcia or david phelps are for at this point…to take a start here or there so as not to push anyon. by having phelps/freddy start one now maybe you prevent them form starting 2-5 later if the injury is worse/reoccurs