KANSAS CITY -- Any consideration the Yankees were giving Ivan Nova to serve as a spot starter in Monday's doubleheader vanished as the right-hander felt discomfort in his left side while playing catch on Sunday at the team's Tampa, Fla., complex.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he did not receive a full report on Nova, who is on the disabled list with inflammation in his right triceps, but obviously it is a new injury that will set the hurler's return back further.
Girardi said the Yankees will give the ball to right-hander David Phelps for the first game of Monday's twin bill against the Indians at Progressive Field. Vidal Nuno and Adam Warren are the leading candidates to start Monday's second game.
"There are other guys we could use, but those are the top guys," Girardi said.
Girardi added that he did not plan to use CC Sabathia, who was limited to 51 pitches in four innings on Thursday against the Rockies because of a long rain delay.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.