Yankees plan on Nova making Saturday start

Yankees plan on Nova making Saturday start

NEW YORK -- The Yankees are optimistic that Ivan Nova will be able to make his start as scheduled on Saturday.

The right-hander suffered a sprained right ankle and a contusion in his last start on May 14 at Baltimore, turning his ankle as he came off the mound to field a Wilson Betemit tapper in the seventh inning.

Nova has been moving around better and was able to throw a bullpen on Thursday in Toronto, and manager Joe Girardi said that "as of right now," the plan is that Nova will face the Reds on Saturday.

"The only thing that could change is if, when he warmed up tomorrow, if he felt it and it was bothersome to him," Girardi said.

If Nova is not available for the start, Girardi said that he would consider giving the spot start to right-hander Freddy Garcia, noting that Garcia seems to have pitched better since he was bounced from the rotation into a long relief role.