Ivan Nova will be available either in late May or June for the Yankees.
TAMPA, Fla. -- Ivan Nova is yet another New York Yankee that was laden with injury in 2014. He continues to rehab from Tommy John surgery, and is expected to return in late May or June, but will he be able to anchor a consistent spot in the Bomber's starting rotation?
"I'm just taking it day by day, and I know that a month before they think I'm going to be ready to go to the big leagues, they're going to tell me," Nova said. "So that's the time when I'm going to really prepare for that day."
Nova went through his third bullpen session of the spring earlier today, which included firing 25 fastballs.
"I know they expect big things from me," Nova said. "I know I've had an up and down career so far, but I know what I'm able to do. I just have to put things straight and hopefully by the time I have everything in line, I can contribute to the team and win some games."
Nova started only four games a year ago with an ERA of 8.27, but he claims that his right elbow has been a source of constant aggravation dating back to the 2011 season.
"I had a couple times when I went on the DL and had inflammation," Nova said. "They didn't really see exactly what was going on with the elbow; they said inflammation. I'm not a doctor, so if they show me the MRI, I'm not going to tell you this is what happened. I have to trust my doctors. They said inflammation, so that's what it is."
Nova continues to take things one day at a time, but is aware he won't be ready for opening day in April.
"One good thing, you know you're not going to be ready in April, so you prepare yourself to be ready whenever they tell me," Nova said. "I don't have to think right now that I've got to be ready in April, so that's kind of fortunate."