Nova pleased arm is in shape for season

TAMPA, Fla. -- Ivan Nova said that his Spring Training has been "not good," but the Yankees right-hander has also been able to find a few silver linings.

Nova had a rough outing on Wednesday against the Blue Jays' Class A Dunedin lineup, permitting eight hits and seven runs (six earned) over five-plus innings, including two home runs.

"It wasn't what I was expecting," Nova said. "I was expecting to have a great spring, but I feel really good. It wasn't that bad, either. I didn't think it was that bad. I made a lot of adjustments with my mechanics and my arm, and that's a good point."

Nova struck out four and walked one in the 92-pitch outing, in which he worked with catcher Chris Stewart. Nova compiled a 4.19 ERA over 19 1/3 Grapefruit League innings, spanning five starts.

"A lot of people look into the ERAs and other stuff," Nova said. "I'm not looking into the ERAs. I'm just looking that my arm is in shape and do what I intend to do with my mechanics."

Nova has been working with pitching coach Larry Rothschild on shortening the arm action of his delivery, and said that he feels like the mechanical adjustments are "in my mind already."

Because Phil Hughes will begin the season on the disabled list, Nova and David Phelps will both begin the season in New York's rotation. Rothschild did not argue with Nova's assessment that his spring could have been better.

"I don't think he pitched as well as we'd like him to, but a lot of times that doesn't make a difference," Rothschild said. "As long as his stamina's there and he's built up strength-wise, pitch-wise and things like that.

"But, obviously, if you have your druthers, you'd want to see him pitch really well and make quality pitches throughout. He's made a lot of quality pitches and then he's made some mistakes, and so the mistakes have caught him."

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.