Yankees not expecting Nova to be out too long

Yankees not expecting Nova to be out too long

CLEVELAND -- The Yankees do not expect Ivan Nova to miss much time after being placed on the 15-day disabled list on Thursday with inflammation in his right shoulder.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he expects to hear more when the club returns to New York late on Sunday, but he is not anticipating a long layoff for the hurler, who complained of tightness in his shoulder after his start on Tuesday in Chicago.

"We don't anticipate it to be too long, but I have to see what Dr. [Christopher] Ahmad says and how he's feeling after three, four days," Girardi said.

Unless David Phelps is needed on Friday in a long relief role behind CC Sabathia, who was activated from the disabled list for his start against the Indians, Girardi said he'd expect Phelps to start on Monday or Tuesday against the Blue Jays.

"You don't want to see anyone go on the DL, obviously," Phelps said. "But I know I'm available tonight out of the bullpen. We'll see what happens tonight, and obviously we'll know for sure tomorrow what happens tonight.

 "I'd like to be starting. Not in this case -- I don't want to see it at the expense of one of my teammates -- but it's obviously what I want to do."