Yankees activate Ivan Nova, send Dellin Betances to Triple-A


The Yankees have activated Ivan Nova off the DL, the team announced. Dellin Betances has been returned to Triple-A Scranton to clear a roster spot. Nova will pitch out of the bullpen for the time being.

Nova, 26, missed nearly a month with a triceps issue and back soreness. He pitched to a 6.48 ERA (3.64 FIP) in 16.2 innings spread across four starts before the injury. Nova has never pitched out of the bullpen for an extended period of time in his career, so it will be a new experience for him. There hasn’t been any indication about how Joe Girardi will use him, but I doubt he’ll be given high-leverage work or anything like that. Probably mop-up duty at first.

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  1. Alkaline says:

    Good move, I think. Who knows, maybe he’ll be able to pitch in some low stress situations and gain some confidence.

  2. BeanTooth says:

    Think Betances is relieved to be going down because he’ll actually get to pitch? Or is life in the Show so awesome, you don’t care if you never play?

    • JonS says:

      According to Boesch, it’s better to play everyday.

    • Ed says:

      Just during this callup, he probably got paid about double what he gets for a full minor league season. I doubt he was complaining…

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

        2012 minor league min: $79,900
        9 days at about MLB min: roughly $25,000

        A nice little raise, but nowhere near double his MiLB salary.

        • Ed says:

          The numbers I saw said $2,150/month at AAA. I guess that’s for non-40 man roster players. Looks like you’re right for 40-man guys.

  3. trr says:

    Didn’t realize he’d been out so long; the question, of course, is how he fits in going forward? I agree, looks like the bullpen for now…

  4. mike says:

    shame DB couldn’t get a few batters under his belt…ended up burning an option for no reason, and since Nova will only be pitching in worthless situations, i would have liked to keep DB up and Nova out of the way for a few more games.

  5. Manny's BanWagon says:

    I’d almost rather see Nova be sent to AAA to work up his problems and get stretched out a bit though it also makes no sense to keep Betances on the roster if he’s not going to be used.

  6. LarryM Fl says:

    Betances was new to relief so it seems to be a good move to send him down. He will be able to work some more on his new position in the bullpen. Nova needs to gain some confidence at the big league level and small steps in the bullpen may help and built his arm up. Nova is a major league pitcher who needs to stay with the big club.

  7. Short Porch says:

    It would be great if he became Ramiro Mendoza – power sinker long man, spot starter. He’s got an arm. Meh starter, stud middle reliever?

  8. Robinson Tilapia says:

    I’d have kept Nova in AAA and sent Betances down for Joba. Very unclear as to what Nova will do, unless he’s taking Nuno’s role as longman for now.

    Who goes down for Joba, then? Can’t imagine you send down Claiborne or Kelley for him AND keep Nova up. Makes little sense.

    I don’t nitpick roster moves like this much, but I’m not a fan.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      ….unless they send Nova down for Joba, of course. :)

      • Manny's BanWagon says:

        Both Joba and Nova have been awful this year and IMO should both be in AAA until get their shit together. The bullpen has been just fine without either of them now that Kelley, Claiborne and Warren have been pitching well.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

          Joba has been awful this year?
          3.86 ERA and 3.47 FIP is awful?

          He had a rough first 2 appearances. Since then:
          8G, 7.2 IP, 0.00 ERA, opponents hitting 207/258/241

  9. Bo Knows says:

    This is the wrong move, he needs to be in AAA….not pitching is not going to help his command or control

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