Padres return Nova to Yankees
San Diego had selected the right-hander in December's Rule 5 Draft
TAMPA, Fla. -- Right-hander Ivan Nova, selected in the Rule 5 Draft by the San Diego Padres last December, has been returned to the Yankees.
Nova was the 20th overall selection in the Major League phase of the Draft and was offered back to the Yankees for $25,000, half the selection price. The Yankees said he would be assigned to Double-A Trenton.
He pitched last season for Class A Tampa, going 8-13 with a 4.36 ERA in 26 games (24 starts).
Nova had no record and an 8.31 ERA in eight Spring Training games for the Padres, allowing 11 runs -- eight earned -- and 13 hits in 8 2/3 innings while walking four and striking out three.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.