NEW YORK -- Joe Girardi said Ivan Nova will likely get another start for the Yankees, but he doesn't know when.
"I'm not taking anyone out of the rotation," Girardi said.
The Yankees have 20 games in 20 days, so it sounds as if Girardi will, at some point, go with a six-man staff one time through the rotation. Girardi seems hesitant to use Nova out of the bullpen unless there is an emergency.
"There is no exact plan," Giardi said.
Girardi said the Yankees did not consider making a move prior to Tuesday. With Nova sticking around, it is probably imperative for Phil Hughes to pitch better on Thursday, even if the Yankees prefer to keep him in the regular five-man rotation.
"I'm concerned," Girardi said. "I've said before, it is tricky. What he had is a tricky injury and I'm concerned."
BACK BEFORE BREAK? UH, NO: Girardi said there is no word on when Alex Rodriguez will play in minor league rehab games.
"As soon as there is, we will let you know," Girardi said.
Girardi reiterated that Rodriguez is making progress.
"You wouldn't think so," Giardi said.
Girardi didn't seem to be including Michael Pineda in this group. Pineda was scheduled for a rehab start in Trenton on Tuesday. He will make two more after that Tuesday, so it is conceivable that Pineda could rejoin the Yankees before July 15 break.