NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 08: Ivan Nova #47 of the New York Yankees pitches during the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium on April 8, 2014 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Rob Tringali/SportsChrome/Getty Images)
With the return of the 28-year-old to the rotation, many speculated that Adam Warren would be shifted to the bullpen, but with Warren pitching well, it became a tough situation as the team had to decide whether or not to remove him from the rotation. Needless to say, the Yankees schedule probably helped him stay in the rotation at least for now, as the team currently is in a stretch where they play 20 games in 20 days.
Earlier in the week, manager Joe Girardi speculated that he could use an extra starting pitching during this time period, and for the time being, the Yankees will stick with a 6-man rotation, even if it is for just one turn around the rotation.
Getting Nova back is a huge benefit for the Yankees, who have had injury problems recently, especially with their bullpen depth. Although he gave up five runs in five innings during his last rehab start on Friday, Nova told reporters after the game that his curveball felt sharper then his last start and that he was feeling good after the outing.
If Nova can get back to form, the Yankees will have another quality arm at the top of their rotation. With inconsistency from the starting pitching, Nova can turn out to be a crucial addition to this team, almost like a mid-season acquisition, to help them make a run at the American East Division crown.