Nova expects to start vs. Reds on Saturday

Nova expects to start vs. Reds on Saturday

TORONTO -- Ivan Nova was scheduled to throw a bullpen session in Toronto on Thursday and expects to make his next start in the Bronx against the Reds on Saturday.

"If I can push, I can pitch, but I feel good like this," Nova said, referring to pushing off the mound on his sprained right ankle.

Nova was not sure how many pitches he was going to throw during his bullpen but expected it to be a normal routine.

"After the day that I pitched [last], I wasn't sure," Nova said about making his next start. "[But] they have really taken care of my ankle, and it's really good right now."

Yankees manager Joe Girardi has a more cautious outlook on his 25-year-old right-hander.

"We aren't going to really know until we see how he feels tomorrow," Girardi said.

Girardi still considers Nova a game-time decision for Saturday, but all indications are he will be ready to throw the second of a three-game Interleague set with Cincinnati.

"I think you have to let him warm up," Girardi said. "If he says all of a sudden that it's hurting him when he's warming up, you are probably going to have to say, 'Wait a couple.'"

Nova is 4-1 with a 5.44 ERA through seven starts this season.