08/28/12 12:35 AM ET
Nova could resume throwing on Tuesday
By Bryan Hoch and Steven Miller / MLB.com
Nova was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Aug. 23 after an MRI revealed inflammation in his pitching shoulder. Nova said that he could resume throwing on Tuesday, if cleared by a doctor.
"We're getting treatment and doing everything," Nova said. "Hopefully in two weeks, I expect that I'll be pitching again."
Nova said he felt the discomfort as he pitched to the last batter in his six-inning outing against the White Sox on Aug. 21 in Chicago, which resulted in a 7-3 Yankees loss.
"It feels better," Nova said. "I've given it a couple of days, so I've got to wait until I start throwing and see how it feels. Right now, it feels good."
He rejected the idea that the injury could have had anything to do with a skid that had seen him fare 1-4 with a 7.28 ERA in eight starts following the All-Star break.
"It's not like an excuse," Nova said. "I was pitching without any pain, without any problems. It was just that last hitter."
A-Rod, Pettitte OK'd to continue rehab progression
NEW YORK -- The Yankees received good news prior to their 8-7 loss to the Blue Jays on Monday, when X-rays on Alex Rodriguez and Andy Pettitte revealed both are healing well from injuries, allowing them to continue their rehab Tuesday.
Rodriguez, who fractured his left hand July 24, will take batting practice at Yankee Stadium, and Pettitte, who has a fractured left ankle, will throw from flat ground.
If Pettitte's throwing goes well, manager Joe Girardi said the next step could be throwing from the mound in a bullpen session. Pettitte recently said he believed he would need to be on a mound around Sept. 1 in order to return this season.
Rodriguez appears on track to return as scheduled, as his original diagnosis said he would miss four to six weeks.
Yankees bring back right-handed bat Pearce
NEW YORK -- Newly acquired Steve Pearce will not be with the Yankees for their series opener Monday against the Blue Jays, but manager Joe Girardi expects the outfielder and first baseman to arrive in New York during the three-game series.
The Yankees acquired Pearce on Monday from the Astros in exchange for cash considerations, bringing him back into the organization with which he spent the beginning of the season, playing with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The Yankees designated Brandon Laird for assignment to make room for Pearce on the 40-man roster, but Girardi was unsure what move they would make to add him to the 25-man roster before rosters expand Saturday.
"You hate to short your bullpen this time of year," Girardi said. "[Sept. 1] is Saturday, so we'll have to talk about the move we're going to make."
Pearce appeared in 49 Major League games this season between Baltimore and Houston, hitting .254 with eight doubles, a triple and three home runs. All three homers came against left-handed pitchers, against which the right-hander hits .275.
"He's been a guy who has had a lot of success against left-handers," Girardi said.
New York originally traded Pearce to Baltimore for cash considerations on June 2 after he hit .318 with 11 homers and 30 RBIs at Triple-A.
The 29-year-old played both corner outfield spots and first base this season, but Girardi said the acquisition has nothing to do with concern over a wrist injury that Mark Teixeira has dealt with throughout the year. Rather, the Yankees like Pearce as a right-handed bat off the bench as they prepare to face a stretch of left-handed starters.
Robertson gets an inning in on day son is born
NEW YORK -- There may come a day when young Luke Joseph Robertson asks about the day that he was born, and his dad will have a pretty good story to tell.
Hours after Yankees reliever David Robertson and his wife, Erin, welcomed their first child on Monday, the right-hander pitched a scoreless eighth inning with a strikeout in New York's contest against the Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium.
Of course, that was before Rafael Soriano served up a three-run, ninth-inning homer to Colby Rasmus, sparking a chain of events that led to New York's 8-7 loss in 11 innings.
That probably didn't dampen Robertson's glee once he got home. Earlier in the day, Robertson tweeted a photo of himself beaming while holding their son, who weighed in at eight pounds, seven ounces and was born in New York City.
The due date had been a week earlier, so Robertson had been anxiously checking his phone for updates during the Yankees' seven-day road trip to Chicago and Cleveland, ready to get on a plane at a moment's notice.
"Really good timing on Erin's part, I've got to tell you," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said before the game.
Feliciano's next stop is Trenton on road to NY
NEW YORK -- Pedro Feliciano threw a scoreless sixth inning Monday, when the Yankees moved him to Double-A Trenton to continue his rehab from a left capsule tear suffered in Spring Training 2011 after they signed the reliever to a two-year, $8 million contract.
The left-hander threw 17 pitches, walking one and striking out two.
Feliciano has yet to appear in pinstripes, but could join the team for the first time since signing his contract as a September callup if his rehab continues to progress.
The 36-year-old made five rehab appearances between the GCL Yankees and Class A Advanced Tampa prior to his move to Trenton, allowing two runs on six hits in five innings while walking one and striking out six. Trenton's season ends Sept. 3.
"I think Pedro's [promotion] depends on how he's doing," said manager Joe Girardi. "If he can help us, I'm sure we'll bring Pedro Feliciano up. They may not feel he's quite right. That's a decision they'll have to make from seeing him, because we won't have a chance to see him."
Yankees right-hander Rafael Soriano reported no issues after being struck on the right hand by a line drive in the ninth inning of Sunday's 4-2 win over the Indians. Girardi said that he shook Soriano's hand just to make sure.
Japan's Little League World Series-winning club celebrated their victory with a trip to Yankee Stadium on Monday. The team, which defeated Tennessee, 12-2, in Sunday's final, watched batting practice in front of the Yankees' dugout.
The Yankees welcomed Olympic Gold Medalists Christie Rampone, the captain of the 2012 U.S. Women's National Soccer Team, and Sarah Hughes (2002 Figure Skating), to throw ceremonial first pitches on Monday. Former WNBA New York Liberty star Kym Hampton was invited to sing the national anthem.
On this date in 1938, the Yankees played their fourth doubleheader in four consecutive days, sweeping Cleveland by scores of 8-7 and 13-0. Joe DiMaggio hit three triples in the first game and Monte Pearson pitched a no-hitter in the second game.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. Steven Miller is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.