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Pregame notes: Yankees taking their time with Nova

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on May 22, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Ivan Nova

The Yankees seem to be in little rush to activate Ivan Nova.

Down in Tampa, Nova threw a light side today. He’s already pitched in a few extended spring training games, and Girardi said Nova “felt good” today, yet there are very few details about an exact plan for what comes next.

“We’ll make sure he feels OK and we’ll go from there,” Girardi said.

Nova has shown that he can be a very good big league starter, but he’s also fallen flat through extended stretches. He was brutal in the second half of last year, and he wasn’t pitching especially well before landing on the disabled list this season. With David Phelps more than holding his own in the rotation, and Adam Warren pitching well in a long relief role out of the bullpen, the Yankees don’t seem to be in a real rush to get Nova back.

If you assume Joba Chamberlain will eventually replace Dellin Betances, and Andy Pettitte will eventually replace Vidal Nuno — would you be willing to activate Nova at the expense of Phelps or Warren or Shawn Kelley or Preston Claiborne?

“We’re able to be patient because we want to make sure he’s healthy when he comes back,” Girardi said. “Then you get in the problem of, he pitches a game and then you’ve got to put him back on the DL. We don’t want to do that.”

Andy Pettitte• Andy Pettitte is going to play catch either Thursday or Friday. “Then we’ll do some long toss, a bullpen and hopefully work it up to a simulated game,” Girardi said. For now, the plan is for Pettitte to do his work with the Yankees, not at the minor league complex.

• Will Pettitte be activated the day he’s eligible? “We have it mapped or semi-mapped out,” Girardi said. “I don’t know if it will be the first day, but it will be shortly after that.”

• The Yankees are giving CC Sabathia an extra day off this week. He’ll pitch Sunday, not Saturday. The Yankees will go with a rotation of Phelps/Nuno/Sabathia in Tampa. “It’s just the way we did it because we’re in another long stretch here,” Girardi said. “After this day off, it’s 17 days in a row, so that’s how we decided to do it.”

• Joba Chamberlain threw 13 pitches in an extended spring training inning. “Felt good,” Girardi said. “We’ll see how he feels tomorrow.”

• Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis each got six at-bats in a simulated game today. Is Youkilis getting close to playing in a real game? “I can’t tell you,” Girardi said. “I think you have to give him a few days in a row before you evaluate to make sure that his back is healed and it doesn’t come back. The last two days have been pretty good, so he’s getting closer.”

• Eduardo Nunez took batting practice today. He had been doing only tee and toss.

• Today, Brett Gardner gets a turn on the bench. “Ich has played pretty well against (Orioles starter Jason) Hammel, has good numbers against Hammel,” Girardi said. “I’m going to move it around a little bit, let it iron itself out. This way Gardy gets a couple days.”

• Another start for Hiroki Kuroda. Amazing to think that a little more than a year ago there were questions about whether he could handle the transition from the NL West to the AL East. “People are always going to have that question whenever you go from one league to the other, especially there’s always talk about the NL to the AL,” Girardi said. “If you can pitch, you can pitch; I don’t care where you’re pitching. If you have the ability to command three or four different pitches, you’re going to be successful.”

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44 Responses to “Pregame notes: Yankees taking their time with Nova”

  1. luis May 22nd, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    Re-post

    luis May 22nd, 2013 at 6:03 pm
    Against All Odds May 22nd, 2013 at 5:59 pm
    luis May 22nd, 2013 at 5:55 pm
    As unlikeable Tiger might be…. He shouldn’t be the object of those kind of comments… I always root against him by the way…

    ———————

    *dramatic music plays*

    http://stream1.gifsoup.com/web…..9791_o.gif

    ============================

    I can’t help it Odds… He threatening my hero… Jack “The Bear” Nicklaus ;)

  2. MTU May 22nd, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    “would you be willing to activate Nova at the expense of Phelps or Warren or Shawn Kelley or Preston Claiborne?”

    I’m glad the Yankees are taking their time w Nova.

    If they want to be sure he’s healthy they should send him to AAA and let him get a series of starts.

  3. luis May 22nd, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    MTU,

    As hard this is to me… I think that’sthe best course of action… They need to fix his mechanics

  4. MTU May 22nd, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Luis-

    That and they can also evaluate his ability to stay healthy.

  5. luis May 22nd, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    MTU,

    Chad wrote to me ;)

  6. MTU May 22nd, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    When Nova returns I want to see SuperNova.

    Not Ivan the Terrible.

    ;)

  7. Jesus Bustero May 22nd, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    Take your time with Teixeira too by all means.

  8. Rich in NJ May 22nd, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    Bad Scooter May 22nd, 2013 at 6:00 pm
    Romine has hit better than his avg. I like what I’m seeing. Goes with the pitch to right. Turns on the inside pitch.
    _

    Yeah, his BABIP is .235 while his LD% is 41.2 %, with SSS caveats.

  9. MTU May 22nd, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    Bueno Amigo.

    Aqui. Cuidado.

    Comprendo ?

    ;)

  10. luis May 22nd, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    MTU,

    I think if they clean his mechanics and make it a repeatable delivery… He will stay healthy

  11. luis May 22nd, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    Si y muy bien… No entiendo porque el sigue viniendo aqui, cuando nadie lo quiere

  12. MTU May 22nd, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Luis-

    I hope for that but at this point I have my doubts.

    His stuff and makeup are excellent.

    I continue to pull for him.

  13. Warning Track Power May 22nd, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Nova is the odd man out right now and rightfully so. He should consider himself lucky
    that he was injured. If not, he would have been sent down to AAA already where he could
    work on his pitching.

  14. yankee21 May 22nd, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    I am glad NY is doing the smart thing and taking their time with Nova and Joba.

    I hope they apply that same thought process to TEX. Give him a full 30 day re-hab before bringing him back to the big club.

  15. Against All Odds May 22nd, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    luis May 22nd, 2013 at 6:04 pm
    Re-post

    luis May 22nd, 2013 at 6:03 pm
    Against All Odds May 22nd, 2013 at 5:59 pm
    luis May 22nd, 2013 at 5:55 pm
    As unlikeable Tiger might be…. He shouldn’t be the object of those kind of comments… I always root against him by the way…

    ———————

    *dramatic music plays*

    http://stream1.gifsoup.com/web…..9791_o.gif

    ============================

    I can’t help it Odds… He threatening my hero… Jack “The Bear” Nicklaus

    ————————————-

    Against All Odds May 22nd, 2013 at 6:06 pm
    All is forgiven….for the time being lol

    *evil laugh*

  16. MTU May 22nd, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    Luis-

    There are no answers for that. Only questions.

    ;)

  17. luis May 22nd, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    21,

    Tex should make a worldwide tour on horseback.

  18. blake May 22nd, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    “would you be willing to activate Nova at the expense of Phelps or Warren or Shawn Kelley or Preston Claiborne?”

    No

  19. Jesus Bustero May 22nd, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    I’d rather he ride atop the shell of a hermit crab.

  20. MTU May 22nd, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Buster-

    He’s way too large.

    :)

  21. blake May 22nd, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    @DannyKnoblerCBS: How have the Yankees gotten so much out of Hafner and Wells? One scout said: “Got to be something about Kevin Long.” http://t.co/tbuhtkvI7n

  22. MTU May 22nd, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    “@DannyKnoblerCBS: How have the Yankees gotten so much out of Hafner and Wells? One scout said: “Got to be something about Kevin Long.” http://t.co/tbuhtkvI7n

    It’s either pixie dust, or a change in the Earth’s magnetic field.

    I’m goin’ w the pixie dust theory.

    :)

  23. luis May 22nd, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    Buster LMAO!

    MTU,

    It will take him even longer then ;)

    Blake,

    Good link… But then this brings the question of Grandy… What happened to him?… Isn’t he willing to listen?

  24. MTU May 22nd, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    Or it could be like when Clark Kent dons his Superman suit.

    Something magical about wearing pinstripes.

    ;)

  25. MTU May 22nd, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    Lasty, It could just be the “Space Cowboy” effect.

  26. Rich in NJ May 22nd, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    I believe Long helped, but that much? I’m skeptical.

    And it’s not Hafner. That was foreseeable. It’s Overbay v. RHP.

  27. MTU May 22nd, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    Rich-

    #’s can never tell you what is in a Man’s heart.

    ;)

  28. Rich in NJ May 22nd, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    MTU

    Or in a woman’s, if you know what I mean. :D

  29. MTU May 22nd, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    And the power of motivation.

  30. yankee21 May 22nd, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    I’m all for giving Long credit where credit is due. Though, if you are going to give him credit when guys perform better than expected (Overbay example), should he also not get hammered for the garbage performance of the hitters last playoff and most off seasons under his watch?

    He is good but IMO, not irreplaceable.

  31. MTU May 22nd, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    Rich-

    I certainly did not mean to be sexist.

    :)

  32. MTU May 22nd, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    You all know that Hiroki is due for a clunker.

    :reversejinxenabled:

    ;)

  33. luis May 22nd, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    MTU…. shhhhh…

  34. MTU May 22nd, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    Luis-

    I’m using reverse psychology.

    ;)

  35. luis May 22nd, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    Ok ;) Then, yeah he might have a clunker ;)

  36. MTU May 22nd, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    Enjoy the game folks.

    Later.

  37. kd May 22nd, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    the yankees need to hire the kevin long of pitching

  38. luis May 22nd, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Later MTU

  39. luis May 22nd, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    kd,

    Rothchild has done a very good job… Results are evident

  40. MG May 22nd, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    Rich in NJ May 22nd, 2013 at 6:35 pm
    I believe Long helped, but that much? I’m skeptical.

    And it’s not Hafner. That was foreseeable. It’s Overbay v. RHP.
    —————-
    Earlier in the season Overbay said that Long was working with him to get his lower body more into the swing-he had become all arms over the past few years.

    He attributed that to the increased power numbers but it’s obviously helped him overall, he’s even getting better swings at lefties recently

  41. austinmac May 22nd, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    Luis,

    I followed Jack and Arnold in a practice round of the US Open in 1968, I think it was. Two observations. Arnold is the nicest and friendliest athlete I have ever seen and Jack could hit the ball twenty plus yard past Arnold on every drive. Jack’s drive had an uplift it appears when you expect it to drop.

  42. kd May 22nd, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    luis,

    sorry. i should have been more clear. the kevin long of minor league pitching to generate several staff aces under team control

  43. luis May 22nd, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    Mac,

    I went to a camp of Palmer a few years ago in Florida ( short game )… He is a very nice human being… But Jack for me was on a class of his own… I still remember he last mayor win ( Augusta on 83 I think )… I think those back nine holes are one of the most dramatic rounds of golf I have ever seen…Tiger is probably the best golf player all time, but I just find him spoiled and arrogant… traits that I am not particularly fond of.

  44. luis May 22nd, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Kd,

    I would give some time to the new MiL pitching coach


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