05/07/2013 4:02 PM ET
Nova set for spring game, hopes to return soon
By Adam Berry / MLB.com
TAMPA, Fla. -- Assuming all goes well in his short outing on the back fields on Wednesday afternoon, Ivan Nova is going to have one question for the Yankees' front office.
"If I have a good game tomorrow, if I feel good, that will be the first question I'm going to ask: When am I coming off [the disabled list]?" Nova said Tuesday.
Nova is scheduled to pitch in an extended spring game Wednesday afternoon at the Yankees' Minor League complex, where he's working his way back from right triceps inflammation. Nova said Tuesday that he was feeling "great" and hopes to return to New York's rotation as soon as he's eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list.
Nova was placed on the DL after leaving his April 26 start early. He said his arm hurt the last two or three times he threw his curveball. But it could have been far worse, as the Yankees initially suspected Nova's elbow was ailing. In that regard, the diagnosis of inflammation in his triceps was a huge relief for the right-hander.
"I was really scared. I won't lie," Nova said. "I was scared. I've never had an injury like that."
Part of that initial fear, Nova said, was the idea that an elbow injury might sideline him for a whole year. Instead, he could be back in a few weeks. He hopes to have an answer for certain not too long after he's done pitching Wednesday.
"We'll have to wait and see how things go tomorrow," Nova said.
Cervelli has stitches removed from right hand
TAMPA, Fla. -- When the Yankees placed Francisco Cervelli on the disabled list, they estimated he'd need a minimum of six weeks to recover. In reality, Cervelli said Tuesday, it could be another five weeks before he even begins baseball activities.
Cervelli had the stitches taken out of his fractured right hand Tuesday. He said he'll need to wear a cast for the next three weeks, and only then, depending on how he feels, can he start throwing, hitting and so on.
"There's not much I can do right now, but I feel very good," Cervelli said. "Every day is better."
For now, Cervelli is just getting through the early stages of his rehab, riding a stationary bike and doing leg and core exercises to stay in shape while he's sidelined.
Cervellis was injured on April 26 and immediately knew his hand was broken when it was clipped by a foul tip off the bat of Toronto's Rajai Davis. That left Cervelli with nothing to do but recover in Tampa, joining the many other injured Yankees at the club's Minor League complex.
"It's sad in some part, because we've been part of the team and everybody knows what we can do. But everyone's ready to go," Cervelli said. "And I could be the catcher on this team -- because we've got a team here.
"The guys who are playing right now are doing a great job. When we have the chance to go back, we'll be better."
• Alex Rodriguez (left hip surgery) reported to the Yankees' Minor League complex for his second day of workouts on Tuesday but did not speak with reporters on his way out.
• First baseman Mark Teixeira (partially torn right wrist tendon) went through the same workout routine on Tuesday that he did Monday -- hitting in the indoor batting cage, fielding ground balls and running on the field -- and said he should advance to batting practice on the field Friday. Until then, Teixeira will continue hitting indoors to make sure his wrist is ready for the next step.
• Outfielder Curtis Granderson traveled to Clearwater on Tuesday to play with the Yankees in an extended spring game against the Phillies.