Greetings, Brian Heyman here for Chad today.
Joe Girardi is hoping to see strikes coming from the right arm of Ivan Nova in today’s start against the Jays.
“Ivan, during the course of last year, threw strikes the whole time,” Girardi said. “This year has been a little difficult.”
It was an up-and-down April for Nova. Girardi also pointed to the weather.
“You wonder sometimes about guys in really cold weather,” Girardi said. “The two starts he struggled, it was brutal out there.”
Today it’s sunny and comfortable, so we’ll see.
Also, Francisco Cervelli will catch Nova today for the first time this season after catching him six out of seven starts last season.
Derek Jeter will step in at a worrisome .250 after yesterday’s 0-for-3 effort. Girardi was encouraged by his at-bats, though.
“We thought he got into his legs a little more yesterday,” Girardi said. “He got some balls in the air yesterday.”
Girardi is also seeing good signs from Brett Gardner, who went 1 for 2 with an RBI and is up to .188.
“To me, Gardy looks like the player we expected,” Girardi said.
Tomorrow is a big day for Phil Hughes. He will be receiving his latest neurovascular exam, this one from a doctor in St. Louis, to determine if he has thoracic outlet syndrome — pressure on a nerve or blood vessel between his collarbone and top rib. If so, surgery (including the removal of a rib) would be one possible solution. Not a pleasant prospect.
“I do have a concern for tomorrow,” Girardi said. “We’ll just have to wait and see what happens. I think all of us have been curious about what’s going on.”