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Ivan Nova 'feels good' after throwing four-plus innings in Extended Spring Training

Right-hander could be activated to pitch in Monday's doubleheader in Cleveland
05/08/2013 5:39 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Ivan Nova left his last start on April 26 in the third inning.(AP)
Ivan Nova did more than double what he expected on Wednesday, throwing four-plus innings in an Extended Spring Training game in Tampa.

Nova, who went on the disabled list on April 27 with inflammation in his right triceps, faced a Blue Jays EST squad at the Yankees' Minor League complex and allowed two runs in those four-plus innings, going far beyond the two he said he expected to pitch earlier in the week.

Overall, Nova's line saw him give up two runs on five hits while walking three and striking out five, recording all of those K's within a span of seven batters.

This was Nova's first outing since being placed on the DL, and according to MLB.com's Adam Berry, the righty said he was cautious the first two innings because he wouldn't sure how his arm would respond, but he threw all of his pitches and felt fine afterwards.

"The first two innings, I was scared," Nova said. "It was more than what I expected. Every time you get hurt, you expect it to last and feel it a little bit."

Nova is eligible to return to the Major League roster on Sunday, and earlier in the week, Yankees manager Joe Girardi intimated that he could be considered to come off the DL on Monday to start one of the two games of the Yankees' doubleheader in Cleveland. The righty was unsure what his future held - saying "not yet…I wish" when asked if he had been given a plane ticket to Cleveland - but acknowledged that he feels good and lines up perfectly to be ready to go against the Indians.

"It's going to be in five days, so I can keep doing my work here, do my bullpen here, do everything I've got to do here and then be ready to go," Nova said. "If they call me up for Monday, then [on] Sunday, see ya."

Curtis Granderson also played in Wednesday's Extended Spring Training game behind Nova. He hit a home run in the game and spent time at all three outfield spots, playing two innings in center field and two in right before moving to left.

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