Yankee Notes (Arod & Nova)
Ivan Nova will receive and MRI on his right forearm Friday.
Nova had to exit Thursday’s start after the forearm tightened up on him in the second inning. “We didn’t like the way the ball was coming out of his hand,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “I think it was directly related to that. Some of his fastballs were cutting, and we never saw that. So I had to make a change, and I had to, you know, try to get our bullpen through it.” It’s likely he’ll be fine with a little rest, but we’ll provide an update on his status once the results of the exam are known.
Alex Rodriguez said health was not to blame for his struggles during the ALDS loss to the Tigers.
A-Rod struggled since coming back from knee surgery and was also plagued by a thumb injury down the stretch. He struck out three times in four hitless at-bats in Game 5, including once with the bases loaded and one out in the seventh and again in the ninth to end it. He finished with just two hits in 18 at-bats in the series. “Everything this postseason is on me,” he said. “Let’s make that crystal clear. There’s no excuses for what happened these five games. I was healthy enough to do whatever I needed to do.” It’s good to hear A-Rod face the fire and not make excuses, but that’s not going to keep Yankees fans from getting all over him after another poor playoff performance.