Nova close to coming off DL, rejoining rotation

Nova close to coming off DL, rejoining rotation

BALTIMORE -- Ivan Nova completed what manager Joe Girardi called a "good, hard bullpen" session on Thursday, and the Yankees are considering their next course of action for the right-hander.

Girardi said that the Yankees wouldn't announce anything until Friday at the earliest, but they believe Nova is ready to come off the disabled list and that he could rejoin the starting rotation.

"We're considering him a rotation guy," Girardi said. "We don't consider him a bullpen guy. I want to see how he feels [Friday] before we decide what's next for him."

Nova has been on the disabled list since Aug. 23 with inflammation in his right rotator cuff, but since he has been out a relatively short time, the Yankees don't believe his stamina has been affected.

"I don't really have a concern that he could give you 80, 90 pitches," Girardi said. "We don't have that concern because he hasn't been off that long. I don't think 80, 90 pitches would be out of the question for him."