“I don’t remember the last time I feel the way I feel,” Nova said. “I’m throwing strikes with all my pitches.”
David Phelps feels good again after his slight forearm strain and should be ready to come off the DL after the All-Star break. Michael Pineda is waiting in Triple-A for his shot. The Yankees are reportedly shopping Phil Hughes. Something will have to give soon.
“Having extra starters is a good problem to have,” Joe Girardi said.
Nova made an impression on Ned Yost.
“Nova was excellent,” the Kansas City manager said. “He had an outstanding fastball that he kept down and his curveball was probably the best we’ve seen all year.”
Girardi said the start “should build his confidence. Getting him back on track was really important to us.”
Girardi wouldn’t confirm Derek Jeter will be back playing for the Yankees Friday night barring any setback as YES’ Jack Curry reported.
“We’ll see where he’s at,” Girardi said.
Jeter may be a little rusty. The word from Moosic was that he looked shaky in the field Wednesday night. He was charged with a throwing error, leaving him at 1 for 9 with four walks over his four rehab games.
The Yankees who were actually in the Bronx were happy to score so many runs after those three straight home losses, all with only one run scored.
“I’ve said all along that we have to win a lot of close games,” Girardi said. “We’ve been pretty good at it. But it’s nice to win a game 8-1.”
The scheduled starters for Thursday afternoon’s series finale are Andy Pettitte and Ervin Santana.