“If you do your job, they’re not going to send you down,” he said. “I mean, I was doing my job last year and they sent me down, but I don’t say that’s the case right now. I think if you stay focused and do your job, I don’t think I have to worry about it.”
Nova makes his final spring start this afternoon against the Mets. Although the Yankees still have Michael Pineda coming back from shoulder tendinitis and Andy Pettitte coming back from a year-long retirement, Nova is confident his spot in the rotatoin is secure as long as he pitches well.
“I think there are two ways to look at it,” Joe Girardi said. “If you don’t want someone to take your job, don’t let them. (That’s) number one. And it’s like that trade deadline time, where you think you’re getting a player, you think you’re getting a player, then you don’t get it. Just take care of what’s in front of you that day. We can’t necessarily count on what we’re going to get. I know what we have, and that’s the message. Just go out and do your job.”
Of course, Nova was 8-4 with a 4.12 ERA when he was crowded out of the rotation last season.
“Last year is last year,” he said. “I can’t think about last year. We’re in a different year. It’s a new year and you’ve got to think of everything bad that happened last year and you take it away and start this new year with your head clear. … Once (Pineda)* is here, they’re going to find some way to have everybody. If they can’t have everybody, then something is going to happen, but right now I want him to be back as soon as possible.”
* Just to clarify before people get upset, Nova had been t
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