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The basics of the Ivan Nova situation

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Aug 05, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

I’ll have more later, but very quickly…

Ivan Nova is still on the active roster, and the plan is to keep him with the team, but his role is still undecided.

Phil Hughes will be available as an emergency long reliever on Saturday and Sunday. The plan is still for him to start on Tuesday, but if things get crazy this weekend, Hughes will be available out of the bullpen, and if he’s used, next week’s rotation will be shuffled.

As it stands, Hughes and A.J. Burnett are still the probable starters for Tuesday and Wednesday, and Joe Girardi said it’s possible Nova could start on Thursday, which would give CC Sabathia an extra day of rest. But that’s still undecided.

Basically, keeping Nova around gives the Yankees options in the way they use Hughes this weekend, and it gives them options for their rotation next week.

“I just know that I’m here,” Nova said.

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