Sunday, May 29, 2011

Nova May Not Be Long For Rotation

The Yankees brass was already impressed with Ivan Nova when the 24-yr old threw very well in spring training to earn a spot in the starting rotation. But with his recent control issues and number of base runners allowed, Nova may be headed to the bullpen soon, or more likely, Scranton.

Nova's 3.2 inning performance last night against a weak hitting Mariners team did nothing to help his cause. In his last four starts Nova has allowed 30 hits, eight walks, and hit two batters. He's been able to get a key ground ball when he's needed it most of the season, but that has not always been the case in recent starts. And when Nova looks bad, he looks really bad, as was the case last night.

With Phil Hughes throwing/working his way back, Nova is the likely candidate to be removed from the rotation. Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia have been much more consistent and reliable. Until Hughes comes back, the Yankees could choose to move Hector Noesi to the rotation, call up Carlos Silva, or make some other move.

You can bet Nova's next start against the Los Angeles Angels Will Carry plenty of weight.

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