CHICAGO -- Ivan Nova's pitching performance in Thursday's 7-2 win over the White Sox has given Joe Girardi a tougher rotation decision than he could've ever imagined.
It's a good thing, of course, because it means both Nova and Phil Hughes are both pitching well. But as the Yankees head to Fenway Park for a critical weekend series against the Red Sox on Friday, Girardi still must weigh several options.
As of late Thursday night, he was still in that process.
"We'll continue to talk about it," Girardi said after Nova gave up just one run while striking out a career-high 10 in 7 2/3 innings. "We have a good problem. We have a lot of people throwing the ball well, and I'd like to keep it that way."
Hughes is still on track to start on Tuesday, and CC Sabathia, Bartolo Colon, Freddy Garcia and a struggling A.J. Burnett don't figure to go anywhere. So for the moment, it seems like the decision is all about what to do with Nova.
Does he stay in the rotation, which means the Yankees go with six starters for at least one more turn and have a three-man bench?
Does he go to the bullpen, where he has very little experience?
Or does he go down to the Minor Leagues despite giving up three runs in 14 2/3 innings through his last two big league starts?
Girardi will huddle up with general manager Brian Cashman soon and make a decision.
"We don't have to rush to make a decision with what we're going to do," Girardi said. "But eventually, we'll have to."