Despite missing 'pen session, Nova improving

Despite missing 'pen session, Nova improving

TORONTO -- Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova, recovering from a sprained right ankle, skipped his bullpen session on Wednesday but hopes to throw one on Thursday.

"I'm feeling good," Nova said. "We only throw one bullpen. Today is supposed to be my day, my bullpen day, but we can throw tomorrow. I still have one more day. I can throw a light side tomorrow.

"I think it will be fine. I feel really good."

Yankees manager Joe Girardi isn't sure who would take Nova's spot in the rotation if the right-hander's unable to make his next start, saying it's something the club would decide on Saturday, when Nova is scheduled to pitch next. But Girardi mentioned there are pitchers in the bullpen whom he could start.

Girardi is, however, optimistic that Nova will be ready.

"He came through the running fine; he feels better," Girardi said. "Even if he doesn't throw a bullpen, I wouldn't rule out a start. Guys have skipped bullpen sessions before.

"He does feel better. He's heading in the right direction."

Nova, who threw a bit before Wednesday's game, is 4-1 with a 5.44 ERA through seven starts this season.