Pregame notes: Nova good to go

September, 12, 2013
BALTIMORE -- For the first time in awhile, the Yankees got some good news out of their bullpen: Ivan Nova went into it, threw some pitches, and came out proclaiming himself ready to make his next scheduled start Sunday night against the Red Sox in Boston.

"They haven’t told me anything but that’s what I’m expecting," said Nova, who left his start Tuesday after six innings with some tightness in his right triceps.

Joe Girardi, too, said, "I think he’s ready to go, I do. Obviously we'll watch him, but this is not the first time we’ve dealt with this in the course of the season, and he's pitched very well for us. To me it's probably a lot of the same of what he's been dealing with, and it's just part of being a pitcher."

Nova is slated to face Clay Buchholz in the series finale.

Alex Rodriguez is the DH for the second game in a row, and Girardi said it was A-Rod's choice not to play third base tonight due to lingering soreness in his left hamstring. "He said he felt better, [but] he didn’t tell me that he felt great, so I just decided to DH him. I think it’s something we’ve got to watch a little bit.”

• It is still not conclusively determined if Austin Romine suffered a concussion Tuesday night when he took a foul ball off his mask in the seventh inning and had to leave the game. Romine, who suffered dizziness after the game, said he has been feeling a little bit better every day since, and was slated to take an ImPACT test, a computerized exam to determine if he in fact did suffer a concussion, during tonight's game.

Boone Logan said his left elbow was feeling a bit better today and would play catch before the game, although Girardi said he wasn't sure if that was the case. The manager did say he believed Logan's MRI had been evaluated by Dr. James Andrews and came back clean. Logan still will not pitch for a few days, at minimum.

• It is unlikely that Mariano Rivera, who has appeared in the past two games and three of the past four, throwing 74 pitches in the process, will be available tonight. Girardi said he would speak to Rivera before the game but didn't sound very gung-ho about using him tonight.

• The Red Sox announced they will honor Mo before his final appearance at Fenway Park on Sunday night. "That should be interesting," Girardi said. "I'm sure he'll get a lot of respect there for what he's done in his career. They have great fans there. I thought I heard some cheers the last time he came in a game there. I think people appreciate what he's done and what he's meant to the game."
Wallace Matthews has covered New York sports since 1983 as a reporter, columnist, radio host and TV commentator. He covers the Yankees for after working for Newsday, the New York Post, the New York Sun and ESPN New York 98.7 FM.
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