03/27/2013 6:45 PM ET
Nova pleased arm is in shape for season
By Bryan Hoch / MLB.com
TAMPA, Fla. -- Ivan Nova said that his Spring Training has been "not good," but the Yankees right-hander has also been able to find a few silver linings.
Nova had a rough outing on Wednesday against the Blue Jays' Class A Dunedin lineup, permitting eight hits and seven runs (six earned) over five-plus innings, including two home runs.
"It wasn't what I was expecting," Nova said. "I was expecting to have a great spring, but I feel really good. It wasn't that bad, either. I didn't think it was that bad. I made a lot of adjustments with my mechanics and my arm, and that's a good point."
Nova struck out four and walked one in the 92-pitch outing, in which he worked with catcher Chris Stewart. Nova compiled a 4.19 ERA over 19 1/3 Grapefruit League innings, spanning five starts.
"A lot of people look into the ERAs and other stuff," Nova said. "I'm not looking into the ERAs. I'm just looking that my arm is in shape and do what I intend to do with my mechanics."
Nova has been working with pitching coach Larry Rothschild on shortening the arm action of his delivery, and said that he feels like the mechanical adjustments are "in my mind already."
Because Phil Hughes will begin the season on the disabled list, Nova and David Phelps will both begin the season in New York's rotation. Rothschild did not argue with Nova's assessment that his spring could have been better.
"I don't think he pitched as well as we'd like him to, but a lot of times that doesn't make a difference," Rothschild said. "As long as his stamina's there and he's built up strength-wise, pitch-wise and things like that.
"But, obviously, if you have your druthers, you'd want to see him pitch really well and make quality pitches throughout. He's made a lot of quality pitches and then he's made some mistakes, and so the mistakes have caught him."
Jeter won't see game action until next week
TAMPA, Fla. -- Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter will not play in another Minor League game until at least next week, according to general manager Brian Cashman on Wednesday.
Jeter last played in a game on Saturday, when he grounded out in four at-bats as a designated hitter against the Pirates' Triple-A club.
Jeter reported feeling soreness in his surgically repaired left ankle the next day and has been receiving treatment. Cashman said that he does not expect Jeter to play until after the weekend.
"He was here today with the physical therapist getting treatment and doing some work that way, so we'll give him a few days to calm down," Cashman said. "We'll back off completely. He won't be doing anything; he won't be playing any games here for the next few days."
Cashman said that this should not be considered a new issue for Jeter, who will miss his first Opening Day since 2001 when he begins the season on the disabled list.
"We're just trying to back off and eliminate the pain," Cashman said.
Eduardo Nunez is expected to serve as the Yankees' Opening Day shortstop. Because of Jeter's recurring ankle soreness, Cashman said that he cannot project a realistic date that he will return to the Yankees' lineup.
Jeter will remain in Florida when the team goes north, and Cashman said that the Yankees must see Jeter play shortstop for nine innings in back-to-back extended spring training games before they will consider activating him.
"We'll get him going again, but I can't tell you what that date is going to be," Cashman said. "I know we'll have him back. I just can't tell you when yet."
Overbay essentially has three-day tryout with Yanks
TAMPA, Fla. -- On Wednesday, Lyle Overbay was in Day 2 of what essentially amounts to a three-day tryout to prove he can crack the Yankees' Opening Day roster.
The 36-year-old first baseman has a chance to impress the Yanks' coaching staff, and he started at first base against the Orioles in Sarasota, going 2-for-5 in the Yankees' 11-8 win.
Overbay appeared as a defensive replacement in Tuesday's 4-4 tie against the Astros, going 0-for-1. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said that Overbay, who was released by the Red Sox on Tuesday, is able to opt out of his Minor League contract on Friday.
"He got released, so I just gave him, basically, a three-day contract," Cashman said. "'Come on over, we'll take a quick peek.' Our scouts have watched some of the stuff he's been doing while he was with the Red Sox, so he'll get a three-day, NBA-style contract on the Minor League side."
With Mark Teixeira injured and expected to be out until at least the middle of May, the Yankees have been holding auditions at first base. Juan Rivera entered play on Wednesday batting .305 in 59 spring at-bats and could also make the club, and Cashman said he would not try to send either Overbay or Rivera to Triple-A.
"I'm not looking at any of that stuff, whether it's him or Juan," Cashman said. "I'm just looking for, can they help us at the Major League level right now given our circumstances? That's why I'm looking at everything I can look at."
It seems strange to make a decision based on three days of Spring Training play, but Cashman pointed out he has made unconventional moves in the past. In 2011, the Yankees gave right-hander Brian Gordon two spot starts based on a statistical assessment from the team's director of quantitative analysis, Michael Fishman.
"We have our scouting reports," Cashman said. "It's better than the alternative of choosing to not even [look]. Nothing ventured, nothing gained."
Aardsma hopeful he'll be in Yanks' bullpen
TAMPA, Fla. -- Yankees right-hander David Aardsma pitched a scoreless inning in an intrasquad game on Wednesday and hopes that he has shown enough to lock up a roster spot in the bullpen.
"There's a great opportunity here," Aardsma said. "I think we're going to have a lot better team than people are expecting. I think we've got a good core group of guys and we've got a good bullpen. To have a chance to be a part of that is going to be special."
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that Aardsma has bounced back from a groin injury earlier in camp, but he is not ready to lock in any roster decisions. Aardsma has a 3.86 ERA in seven spring innings.
"We're going to talk about our bullpen and our rotation and how it fits," said Girardi, who added that having both Ivan Nova and David Phelps on the staff could impact decisions. "That changes things, so we'll have to see what we do."
Pitching coach Larry Rothschild said that Aardsma is "behind a little bit" in building his arm strength, but added that "it's starting to come now."
• Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano was scratched from Wednesday's game against the Orioles in Sarasota due to a stomach bug, according to Girardi.
• Cashman said that it was a "tough call" to issue infield prospect David Adams his outright release on Tuesday, but said that his hand was forced because of the rash of significant injuries the Yankees have suffered.
"He's been banged up and hurt," Cashman said. "When he's healthy, I know he can swing the bat."
Even if Adams had not been released on Tuesday, the Yankees would have eventually had to make a move with him later to clear room on the 40-man roster, according to Cashman.
• Cashman said that he will not consider moving Teixeira to the 60-day disabled list because the organization believes there is a chance he will be ready to return from his partially torn right tendon sheath before June.
"I'm not going to all of a sudden put ourselves in a position where he's ready the second week of May, but I've got to wait for it," Cashman said. "I can't do that. Those games are too important."
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.