NEW YORK -- Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova said that he is confident that his stay on the disabled list will be a brief one.
Nova was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Aug. 23 after an MRI revealed inflammation in his pitching shoulder. Nova said that he could resume throwing on Tuesday, if cleared by a doctor.
"We're getting treatment and doing everything," Nova said. "Hopefully in two weeks, I expect that I'll be pitching again."
Nova said he felt the discomfort as he pitched to the last batter in his six-inning outing against the White Sox on Aug. 21 in Chicago, which resulted in a 7-3 Yankees loss.
"It feels better," Nova said. "I've given it a couple of days, so I've got to wait until I start throwing and see how it feels. Right now, it feels good."
He rejected the idea that the injury could have had anything to do with a skid that had seen him fare 1-4 with a 7.28 ERA in eight starts following the All-Star break.
"It's not like an excuse," Nova said. "I was pitching without any pain, without any problems. It was just that last hitter."