Ivan Nova is going through the process, and he’s willing to go through the process. That doesn’t mean he has to like the process.
“I just want to get ready as quick as possible,” he said after today’s two-inning spring debut. “I don’t want to start the season trying to be ready. I want to get ready here as quick as possible so I can be ready to go from the beginning of the year. Today, I came to work on a couple of my pitches, especially my changeup. I threw a couple good ones, a couple swing-and-miss ones. That’s the good thing. When you come and you want to work on a pitch and you throw a couple and get a couple swing-and-miss, that’s good. We have to keep working.”
Joe Girardi said Nova had “three pretty good pitches” today, and he specifically mentioned the changeup as a good one. His only blemish was a two-run home run by Hunter Pence. It was a home run setup by an error, and it came on a 3-0 pitch that Nova was just trying to get over the plate, not expecting Pence to swing.
Curtis Granderson admitted that the wind helped his homer get over the fence. Nova said that wind was a non-factor in Pence’s shot.
“He got a really good swing,” Nova said. “I don’t know about wind, but he got really good contact. When I heard the contact, I said, ‘That ball is gone.’”
It was the only hit Nova allowed. He struck out two and threw away a pickoff, but ultimately, not a bad first outing. It was the next step in the process.
“I’m fighting for a spot right now,” Nova said. “I’m going to keep working like that and pitch like that, like I’m fighting for a spot. I can get a really good result based on that.”
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