After tonight’s rain out, the Yankees are planning to skip Ivan Nova’s turn in the rotation and go straight to Phil Hughes tomorrow night.
“If he doesn’t feel good enough to make his start, it will be Nova,” Girardi said.
Hughes has been sick, but he’s expected to be well enough tomorrow night. Nova will move to the bullpen. Girardi said the decision is all about keeping the other four guys on turn. ”
If you start moving everyone back, then Andy is going to move back to seven days (because of Monday’s off-day) and I don’t necessarily want to do that,” Girardi said. “We’re going to probably get banged tomorrow, too. Hopefully we don’t.”
As for Nova, he said he never got loose today. He was sitting in the clubhouse waiting, then found out the game was postponed.
“I know that CC and Company have to pitch every five days,” Nova said. “I understand that part and just got to be ready when they tell me to go out there. … I feel really good when my day to pitch is coming. All I want to do is go out there and pitch. Now I’ve got to wait five more days. It’s going to be like, for me, a month.”
By the way, tomorrow is only a single game. Girardi said they will likely makeup today’s game on May 13 when the two teams have a mutual off day. The Yankees will stop in Cleveland on their way home from a Denver/Kansas City road trip.