4/27/2013 12:22 P.M. ET
Nova to DL with triceps strain; Nuno promoted
By Paul Casella / MLB.com
NEW YORK -- The good news for Ivan Nova is that the injury that forced him to leave Friday's start early turned out not to be an elbow issue, as originally feared. The bad news is that he was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to inflammation in his right triceps.
Right-hander David Phelps will slide into the starting rotation during Nova's absence, while Vidal Nuno will take Nova's place on the roster. On Saturday, the Yankees selected Nuno's contract from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and transferred shortstop Derek Jeter to the 60-day disabled list to make room on the 40-man roster.
Though relieved to find out the injury wasn't to his elbow, Nova was still disappointed to land on the disabled list. The right-hander is 1-1 with a 6.48 ERA through four starts, including Friday's abbreviated outing of two-plus innings.
"It's not what you want, especially when you'd been struggling," Nova said. "I was feeling good when I came from my house [on Friday]. I was preparing three days in a row for that last start, feeling really good. So it's not what you want."
Nova felt the initial discomfort between innings on Friday night, but he tried to pitch through it. He said he felt fine when throwing fastballs, but he experienced further pain when trying to throw his curveball. After hitting Munenori Kawasaki with one of those curveballs to lead off the third, then allowing a single up the middle to Rajai Davis, Nova saw his night end after just 54 pitches.
"That's going to heal," manager Joe Girardi said. "We know that's going to heal; it's just going to take a little bit of time. Treatment and some rest will knock that out. I know it was reported that it was his elbow, but it's kind of where it attaches. The triceps muscle will heal."
As for Nuno, the left-hander joins the Yankees after posting an impressive 2-0 record and a 1.54 ERA through four starts with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The 25-year-old had allowed just four runs over 23 1/3 innings, while recording 26 strikeouts using a variety of pitches.
"Every year, we use about 20 pitchers around here, so if you're not one of the 12 [to make the Opening Day roster], be the guy that's throwing well when the phone rings," Girardi said. "And that was Nuno -- he's throwing extremely well."
Nuno, who will be used out of the bullpen, got the call informing him of the promotion around midnight ET. He left Scranton shortly after 8 a.m. on Saturday and arrived in the Yankee Stadium clubhouse around 10:30.
"It's just another chapter, and I've just got to prove I can belong here," Nuno said. "Just get in games and try to do my best and just handle business, pretty much. They called me up here to do a job, and now I've got to prove I can."