Sep
06

Nova threw bullpen session, return to the rotation not definite

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Via Meredith Marakovits, right-hander Ivan Nova threw a 30-pitch bullpen session today as he works his way back from right rotator cuff inflammation. He is eligible to be activated off the DL tomorrow, but that seems unlikely.

The more interesting news is that when he does return, Nova isn’t guaranteed to step right back into the rotation. Marakovits hears that the bullpen is a “consideration” and that all options will be discussed before a decision is made. Ivan was getting pounded before being placed on the DL — 7.28 ERA (4.74 FIP) in his last eight starts (47 IP) — and I get the sense that his return to the rotation will depend on a) how well David Phelps pitches, and b) how quickly Andy Pettitte gets healthy.

Nova very clearly has the stuff to start and should continue to do that long-term, but if the Yankees have better rotation options at the moment, then I would be interested to see him out of the bullpen. He’s made just a handful of relief appearances in his career and given the team’s shaky middle relief, Nova could end up being pretty useful down the stretch if he takes to it.

Categories : Asides, Injuries

8 Comments»

  1. Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW) says:

    Weird for the ‘best pitcher in the world’.

  2. Last Eddard says:

    He will not return to the rotation. He belongs in the bullpen, which is where he should have been all along. Get healthy soon Andy.

  3. RetroRob says:

    With all the injuries the Yankees have had during the season, part of their problem is all the shifting parts have weakened other areas. Being forced to play depth will expose problems the longer in goes on.

    As one example, many articles have been written about how easily the Yankees handled the loss of Mariano because they were able to slot Soriano into the closer’s role. Unfortunately, that doesn’t recognize the loss of Soriano in the 7th inning. The Yankees replaced Rivera, but they didn’t effectively replace Soriano.

    Related, the loss of Pettitte has led to more Phelps and Garcia in the rotation. Phelps was quite effective in the pen, and a Phelps-Soriano combo heading into D-Rob in the 8th and Mariano in the 9th would mean far less Logan, Eppley and Rapada, who have been foced to be used more frequently and for longer and in more high leverage situations, especially the latter two. The Yankees got by for awhile, but the wear started showing.

    So I don’t know if it makes more sense for Nova in the pen or Nova in the rotation, pushing Phelps back to the pen, but ultimately whatever they decide should be based on who can help the team the most out of the pen.

  4. Laz says:

    I actually wouldn’t be surprised to see him activated because it is september. It doesn’t cost a roster spot really at this point and if he can pitch why not. 7.28 ERA (4.74 FIP) is a pretty big differce over 8 starts. that FIP is not great but it is significantly different then his era. His Fip was worse than his era last year. This year it’s better. I think he will be fine, but in reality alot of people thought he was the yankees #2 at the beginning of the year, when in reality most scouts thought of him more as a backender. Fip last year 4.02 and this year 4.55 seems to back that up.

  5. blake says:

    I want him to start longterm but considering how weak the middle of the bullpen is right now Id probably strongly consider making him a short reliever for the rest of the season and see if he can fill that pre Robertson void somewhat…..he can strike guys out ….which is nice

  6. blake says:

    I want him to start longterm but considering how weak the middle of the bullpen is right now Id probably strongly consider making him a short reliever for the rest of the season and see if he can fill that pre Robertson void somewhat…..he can strike guys out ….which is nice

    • Anthony says:

      He’s pitched out of the bullpen before. I don’t remember how well he did. But as a starter it seems like he only gets rocked 4-5 innings into the game. Maybe reliever would be a good role for him.

  7. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Meh…subtraction by addition.

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