Yanks send pitcher Ivan Nova to Triple-A, promote reliever Pendleton
With the return of fellow starting pitchers Bartolo Colon and Phil Hughes from the disabled list, the New York Yankees sent starting pitcher Ivan Nova to Triple-A and promoted reliever Lance Pendleton to the big league club. Nova's demotion comes despite a successful run in which the 24-year old posted a 3.35 ERA since the beginning of June.
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The New York Yankees announced that starting pitcher Ivan Nova would be sent down to Triple A and reliever Lance Pendleton would be promoted to the big league club Sunday.
Bartolo Colon was activated from the disabled list Saturday, and Phil Hughes will be activated to start Wednesday, so Nova was simply the odd man out in a surprisingly effective New York starting pitching rotation which also includes C.C. Sabathia, A.J. Burnett and Freddy Garcia.
According to manager Joe Girardi, the only two options that were considered were sending Nova to Triple-A or going to a six-man rotation. Girardi also went on to explain that the Yankees did not wish to move Nova to the bullpen, as his playing time would be minimal in such a role.
“We want to keep Nova going, and we’re going to put Hughes, an 18-game winner, back into the rotation. Everyone seems to be throwing the ball very well,” Girardi said. “We didn’t feel that going to a six-man rotation was the best idea. If you put him in the bullpen, I don’t think you help his development. I think he’s come a long way, and [going to Triple-A] is a chance for him to continue to improve. He’s pitched great.”
Nova’s demotion occurred despite the 24-year-old righty’s recent run of success, which includes a 3.35 ERA since the beginning of June. Overall, Nova has compiled a record of 8-4 with a 4.12 ERA while striking out 51 over 16 starts and 91.2 innings of work.
Nova was instrumental in leading the Yankees to a 5-1 win over the Mets on Friday night, his final start before being sent down. Nova pitched five effective innings while giving up one run on seven hits, fanning three batters and walking a pair.
New York’s bullpen took care of the final four frames without giving up a run to preserve Nova’s eighth win of the season.
“It’s not an easy thing. He’s got eight wins and he’s tied for second on our staff in wins,” Girardi said. “I thought he handled it like a man and a professional and I think he’ll go about it the right way. He’ll continue to get better.”
Russell Martin, who caught Nova’s gem on Friday, said that he fully expects to see Nova back with the big league club sooner or later.
“There’s really not much else he could have done, but I’m pretty certain we’re going to see him soon,” Martin said. “I’m sure it’s not going to be for a long time. I think he understands that and everyone else understands that too.”
Pendleton rejoins the Yankees for the third time this season. The 27-year-old reliever has enjoyed success in limited work with the Yankees, posting a 2.25 ERA over 12 innings of work out of the bullpen and is expected to serve as a long reliever.
The Yankees also announced that Carlos Silva has been released. Signed to a minor league deal in April for starting pitching depth, Silva posted a 2.75 ERA in eight starts in Triple-A, but also began experiencing shoulder problems in June.
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