Ivan Nova has been called up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to give the Yankees a long reliever for at least one night. The Yankees need a long man because Sergio Mitre will be limited to 65-75 pitches when he makes a spot start tonight.
Good work by the Yankees, who had Nova skip his scheduled Triple-A start last night, keeping him available as a just-in-case alternative. When Romulo Sanchez was needed for multiple innings last night in Boston, Nova was the obvious choice. Sanchez will go back to Triple-A where I’ve heard he’s scheduled to rejoin the rotation on Friday.
In other Triple-A news, uber-prospect Jesus Montero was benched over the weekend because he didn’t run out a ground ball. He was taken out of Friday’s game because of the lack of hustle, then he was kept out of the lineup Saturday and Sunday.
Vice president of baseball operations Mark Newman confirmed the reason for the benching and said Montero will return to the lineup tonight.