Silva has started three minor league games for the Yankees this year, two down in Tampa and one with the Double-A Trenton Thunder on Saturday. In that start he went six innings, allowed one unearned run on three hits, no walks, and six strikeouts.
It was an impressive line and if he has another one or two impressive starts he could force his way into the Bronx. Ivan Nova got knocked around in his last start, giving up four earned runs in three innings, so he’s probably the starter the most on the bubble. He pitches tonight against the Rays and he could be pitching for his spot.
Silva was reportedly sitting at just 85-86 in his last start with Trenton though so let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Nova’s spot is not yet in serious jeopardy.