Update: Nova feels good following between-starts bullpen

Levine discusses Cano, injuries, payroll
Game 147: Don't Stop

5:06pm: Nova threw his usual between-starts bullpen session and told Dan Barbarisi that he felt fine. He expects to start as scheduled on Sunday but the Yankees have not yet made any kind of final announcement. I don’t think they will make an announcement, actually. The announcement would be come if Nova is not starting. So no news is good news.

12:30pm: Via George King: It is unclear if Ivan Nova will be able to make his scheduled start on Sunday due to the right triceps tightness that forced him to leave Tuesday’s game after only 79 pitches. “It’s not easy to tell if I am pitching [Sunday] … I am letting my arm get refreshed to see where I am at. I want to go,” said Nova while Joe Girardi added the team’s plan “is for him to make his next start.”

Nova, 26, said the triceps has been bothering him for about a month now. He spent about a month on the DL with a triceps issue earlier this season, so this isn’t necessarily something that just popped up. Nova has pitched very well overall (3.17 ERA and 3.36 FIP) but has labored a bit in his last five or six starts, which could easily be due to the triceps problem. The Yankees don’t have many rotation alternatives, so if Nova needs to skip his start or be pushed back, it’ll likely be Adam Warren or David Huff on Sunday. I guess Brett Marshall is in the mix as well.

Levine discusses Cano, injuries, payroll
Game 147: Don't Stop
  • Rick

    Get well, Ivan! We need you. (Never thought I’d say that).

  • CountryClub

    They won’t pitch Huff against the Sox again….right??

  • Eddard

    This is not good at all. Nova is our ace and our only pitcher that can beat the Sox. If Nova can’t go they get swept.

    • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

      Just take a break.

    • Get Phelps Up

      You can do way better. Lewis and Clark are not happy with this effort.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Lewis and Clark may have been the dead cat bounce here.

    • jjyank

      F –

    • Evan3457

      That’s a little conservative.

      Without Nova, they’re gonna lose 4 out of 3.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        The standings actually already reflect a three-game losing streak next week.

    • ROBTEN

      You know that there’s a colon between “King” and “Nova,” right?

      Fun Facts:

      Here’s how Red Sox hitters have done against the five Yankee starters. Of the five, Nova is at best the third or fourth best option.

      Pettitte: .284/.339/.395 (career) .253/.295/.394 (season)
      Kuroda: .283/.316/.411 (career) .308/.348/.439 (season)
      CC: .265/.323/.429 (career) .326/.402/.522 (season)
      Nova: .297/.374/.442 (career) .294/.368/.529 (season)
      Hughes: .283/.339/.459 (career) .417/.481/.625 (season)

      • TCMiller30

        Ugh.. Hughes.. That’s a brutal season line! Haha

    • MannyGeee
  • LarryM Fl

    Every other article of late has a reference to an injured player. This team has had some bad luck with injuries. If Nova can not make a go of it then Mr. Warren gets his opportunity against the Big Bad Red Sox.

    Its still a game played between the white lines and Warren can get it done just slow it down to his comfort level.


    It could also explain why Hughes is going over Huff. Hughes hasn’t pitched in six days and, while he might come out of the bullpen before that, would not necessarily be in a position to pitch on Sunday in either case. Huff, on the other hand, is more prepared to come out of the bullpen, could spot Hughes today if necessary and still pitch in a kind of cobbled-together start with Warren on Sunday.

    I guess the hope is that Hughes could theoretically provide length today, whereas Huff is not likely to go more than 5-6 innings at best and would almost certainly require more from the bullpen both today and Sunday if someone has to take Nova’s place.

    • mike

      true – and then could bring back Phil for a few innings on his throw day over the weekend if the bullpen is getting hammered

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Very good point.

    • vicki

      i guess this is joe’s thinking, but i think all these points are trumped by baltimore’s (relative) struggles against LHP. i roll the dice with huffles.

      • LarryM Fl

        Huff looks so smooth and throws a decent speed but talk about getting hammered. The Red Sox’s were jumping all over each other to grab a bat to face Huff.

        • vicki

          oh, absolutely. but considering the state of the staff he’s going to get innings. i’m saying i’d rather see him go against the o’s.

  • John webber

    We have seen the best of David Huff. His last start was what he is, at AAA he was 1 and 6 . What did cash an expect to see from him?

  • TonyO

    I’m not surprised his arm is barking, I mean the guy throws his curve ball 75% of the time each start

  • MannyGeee

    maybe he pitches best with a sore forearm?

  • ropeadope

    Thursdsay lineups: Nuney at 3B!


    1.CF: Brett Gardner
    2.DH: Alex Rodriguez
    3.LF: Alfonso Soriano
    4.2B: Robinson Cano
    5.RF: Vernon Wells
    6.3B: Eduardo Nunez
    7.1B: Mark Reynolds
    8.SS: Brendan Ryan
    9.C-: Chris Stewart

    SP: Phil Hughes


    1.LF: Nate McLouth
    2.3B: Manny Machado
    3.1B: Chris Davis
    4.CF: Adam Jones
    5.RF: Nick Markakis
    6.DH: Wilson Betemit
    7.SS: J.J. Hardy
    8.C-: Matt Wieters
    9.2B: Brian Roberts

    SP: Wei-Yin Chen

    • dkidd

      wanted granderson over wells, even against a lefty

      prove me wrong, vernon

  • tommy cassella

    the yanks just have to sweep the sox this weekend. they also have to hope the twins can take at least two games from the rays.