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Pregame notes: “We don’t really think it’s a big thing”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Aug 22, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Against the last batter he faced last night, Ivan Nova felt some unfamiliar tightness in his right shoulder. He’d never felt it before. Not during his strong first half of this season, not in his previous rocky starts since the All-Star break and not during last night’s four-run fifth inning. Nova felt the tightness while facing his third and final batter of a 1-2-3 sixth inning.

“I was pitching my game without pain or anything,” Nova said this afternoon. “It was just in the last inning, on the last hitter. … After the game, I wasn’t worried about it. Today was when I felt it the most.”

Nova threw nothing but fastball’s that last at-bat. Joe Girardi said he noticed one of them registered at 90 mph, but Nova followed it with a 93-mph fastball and Girardi thought nothing more of it. Now the Yankees are sending Nova for tests in New York. It’s likely he’ll miss his next start and possible he’ll go on the disabled list.

“We don’t really think it’s a big thing, but we want to make sure,” Girardi said. “Obviously, we don’t think he’s going to make his next start. DL will be determined on what the doctor says. Short-term there’s a little concern, but I don’t think it’s anything serious.”

Nova pointed to the outside of his shoulder when asked where exactly he felt the tightness.

“I talked first to Cano (after the sixth inning), because I didn’t want to get out of the game,” Nova said. “I wanted to keep pitching. He said if I didn’t say anything, he was going to go talk to Joe. I told Tony and he told Joe and they took me out. … I’m always worried about my arm. I need to be 100 percent. With any kind of injury, you’ve got to feel concerned about it.”

• After yesterday’s bullpen, CC Sabathia felt no discomfort today and remains on track to start Friday in Cleveland. It’s possible the Yankees could DL Nova to create a roster spot for him.

• As you might expect, Girardi said the Yankees will likely keep David Phelps in the rotation to take Nova’s turn.

• Phelps, by the way, is available as a reliever tonight.

• Speaking of starting pitchers: Andy Pettitte threw 40 pitches on flat ground today, standing with his legs spread wide but not going through a normal delivery. He then threw 15 pitches while raising his leg in a kind of minimized delivery. He’s supposed to throw again on Saturday, again off flat ground. “I don’t think they’re going to let me get on a mound yet,” Pettitte said. “I think probably just a little bit more pushing off, a few more pitches and stuff like that. I probably didn’t even push off 100 percent today, (but) I know I was pushing off harder than I was the other day. I’m still being cautious. I knew they weren’t going to let me get on the mound on this trip so I just don’t want to have anything to set me back.”

• Absurdity of the day: Supported by nothing, ESPN host Skip Bayless today insinuated that Derek Jeter might be using some sort of performance enhancing drug. “What do you want me to say?” Jeter said in response. “I ain’t getting involved with this, man. You can say whatever you want to say now. There’s no repercussions. … Whenever you have people that anytime you bring something like this to light with guys that are doing things, it’s like, now you have everybody questioning everything. That’s the unfortunate thing. Maybe Skip should be tested.”

• Honestly, Jeter seemed to find the whole thing more funny than offensive.

• Speaking of steroids, here’s Girardi’s reaction to the Bartolo Colon suspension: “It’s sad. The idea behind the testing is to keep everything fair and to keep people from doing things. I mean, it’s sad. It’s not good for our sport.”

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29 Responses to “Pregame notes: “We don’t really think it’s a big thing””

  1. kd August 22nd, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    jeter should do the skip bayless show and go all mark cuban on him

  2. kd August 22nd, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    and espn should fine/suspend bayless. but they won’t…. #espnisredsoxnation

  3. joeman August 22nd, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    time for Hughes to step up

  4. Warning Track Power August 22nd, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    Nova is not worried, I am not worried!

  5. astrocityfan August 22nd, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    No one has any integrity anymore. It’s bad enough players are still cheating but you can’t have meatheads throw out accusations with no proof. Bayless is a hack and should not have a platform to spew his nonsense.

  6. blake August 22nd, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    I want Cuban to own the Yankees..

  7. blake August 22nd, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    Bayless is an idiot but those are pretty reckless comments……

  8. Yankee Trader August 22nd, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Hughes has good career numbers vs the WS. He will need some offensive backing against one of the best lefties in AL in Chris Sale. Win tonight and continue to right the ship with a sweep vs the Indians and the depleted Blue Jays!!

    Attaching an article about the rest of the Yankees schedule from a long time Yankees fan:

    http://sports.yahoo.com/news/r.....1;mlb.html

  9. Warning Track Power August 22nd, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    astrocityfan August 22nd, 2012 at 7:13 pm
    No one has any integrity anymore. It’s bad enough players are still cheating but you can’t have meatheads throw out accusations with no proof. Bayless is a hack and should not have a platform to spew his nonsense.
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    I want to find out if anybody at ESPN has the guts, the cajones, the pull to challenge Skip after what he said about Jeter

  10. Against All Odds August 22nd, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    If he did we know Hamilton would be in the OF

  11. CountryClub August 22nd, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    I haven’t heard the comments yet, so I don’t know how direct Bayless got. But Jeter is right, people can say whatever they want because there are no ramifications. He would never do it, but if possible, Jeter should sue for defamation.

  12. Yankee Trader August 22nd, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Until later.

    Go Yankees!

  13. MTU August 22nd, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    YT-

    You’ve got mail.

  14. RadioKev August 22nd, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    blake August 22nd, 2012 at 7:17 pm
    Bayless is an idiot but those are pretty reckless comments……
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    And his logic is supported by one single down season in Derek Jeter’s career. OK buddy.

    I then went and looked for a down year during Hank Aaron’s career. Except for his first season, and last two, he has none. I guess that guy was pretty good or something. Fair play to you, Mr. Aaron.

  15. Villa Nova-Ya August 22nd, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    Well, at least I am satisfied that Nova hasn’t been pitching through pain, which was my first thought.

    And I am glad that Cano told him he would rat him out!!! LOL

    While this is not “good” news, it does give Nova the missed turn that I’m sure many of us were hoping they’d do anyway and it gets Phelps another start.

    This is certainly not the way a season would be scripted is it? It seems September is destined to be a rollercoaster ride. And we’ve got to hope that on the last day it is the Yankees who are at the top. I am going to try and focus on that. Not on every little thing that happens during the next several weeks.

    I have a feeling that the Yankees and Rays will flip-flop first place at least once, if not a few times.

    I am not as upset as I thought I might be. There’s been a lot of adversity this season for the Yankees. I am surprised they’ve done as well as they’ve done to this point. They have at no point during this season been running on all cylinders. Not once. Not even during their winning streak.

    Perhaps, if they do end up in the playoffs, we won’t be taking it for granted. And perhaps, if they do end up winning it all, we will finally appreciate the accomplishment it is.

    As for Bartolo, my guess is that he was disappointed that he wasn’t at full strength all of last season and wanted to make it to the end of this one. No excuse. Just a guess at the humanity that goes into this kind of decision. I do not think he was using last year.

    Some idiot called in to MLB radio and said something along the lines of every person who’s been linked to PEDs has been on the Yankees, “nuff said.” And he named several players, the only two of whom were actually on the Yankees at the time they were using PEDs were Clemens and Pettitte. it is disgusting how news outlets make sure they get the Yankees name in there, whether or not the player was actually with the team at the time he used. Whatever. The guys on MLB didn’t even address the statement, which is probably for the best.

    I have a thought about Strasburg being sidelined. I think he should go to management, and if he wants to pitch, make his case. Let him have the last say. And then let him sign off on it. He’s healthy right now. And you know, it’s nice that the Nationals seem to think that they have a team that will contend for several years to come, but there are no guarantees in baseball. What if this ends up being the only year Strasburg has a chance to pitch in the post-season? I would think that he would be awfully disappointed going forward. Wouldn’t be surprised if he held a grudge. Not a good thing when it comes time to be a free agent. The Nationals could have managed the innings in such a way that they didn’t go over his limit AND allowed him to pitch in the post-season. They chose not to.

  16. Mordot11 August 22nd, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    Bayless is simply a troll. He will say absolutely ANYTHING for ratings. Stephen A. Smith should have walked off the set, as big a Yankees fan as he purports to be. Then again, the whole thing is scripted so whatever. Bayless is a hack, and Smith is a fraud. Should we be surprised by any of this?

    As for Nova…more convenient injuries to pitchers who are struggling?? I’m half kidding, and really hope he’s ok because I think Nova can be a good one down the road.

  17. Villa Nova-Ya August 22nd, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    Yankee Trader -

    Hopefully Sale is due for a lesser outing. :)

    I was happy to hear about Hughes’ pretty good numbers against the WSox.

  18. Barry August 22nd, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    Essentially Jeter’s numbers this year, and last, reflect his career in its entirety. 2010 does not. Bayless needs an enema so that his mouth may be washed.

  19. Villa Nova-Ya August 22nd, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    Also, I heard today that if the WSox win, it will be the first time they’ve swept 3 games from the Yankees in Chicago since the first year of US Cellular Field (1991??).

  20. blake August 22nd, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    If Aaron put up his late career nunbers today everyine would be sure he was juicing.

  21. Mordot11 August 22nd, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Villa Nova-Ya August 22nd, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    Also, I heard today that if the WSox win, it will be the first time they’ve swept 3 games from the Yankees in Chicago since the first year of US Cellular Field (1991??).

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    That makes me feel pretty bad about the trip I took there a few years ago and watched them lose 2 straight =(

  22. RadioKev August 22nd, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    At 39 Aaron had a 1.045 OPS. His SECOND Career Highest OPS.

  23. blake August 22nd, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    Source: Sox placed Adrian Gonzalez on trade waivers today. Pretty standard stuff in Aug., but perhaps willing to listen on him this winter? — Sean McAdam (@Sean_McAdam)

  24. kd August 22nd, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    of all of the high priced players the sox have, agon is the most likely to get traded. he’s hitting, playing defense, and if the sox pay part of his contract he’s not crazy expensive.

  25. ron August 22nd, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    Lowe would probably be a disaster in the rotation,but might be fine in the pen.
    Warren is not as good as garcia in the rotation,and has no business being in the rotation.

    Rotation should be

    cc
    kuroda
    hughes
    garcia
    phelps

    Nova should be sent down.
    He’s not as good as anybody.
    Sorry to say that luis.

  26. UnKnown August 22nd, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    Pete got into the comments section of that red sox sellout post and mixed it up again. Pretty funny.

  27. ron August 22nd, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    What do you mean it’s not good for the sport.
    Ped’s almost single handily rescued baseball,and attendance was through the roof as offensive numbers skyrocketed.
    Attendance is dropping as offensive numbers are.
    Now there is more to the picture,but…

  28. Bret The Hitman August 22nd, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    I would think SF would want Adrian Gonzalez for sure, especially if the Sox eat some of his salary.

  29. RYUKINGDOM August 22nd, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    Hughes doesn’t have his curve working.


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