Brian Cashman on Nova, Pineda and Tanaka

Brian Cashman

Brian Cashman spoke to the media prior to yesterday’s game, and he brought up quite a few Yankees during his interview. For this post, I’ll focus on what he said about the rotation and later I’ll discuss what he said about the position players.

Brian Cashman on a six man rotation when Ivan Nova returns: “It just depends on time of year, how things are functioning, who’s experiencing what. There’s no strict plan as much as (trying to) find ways at times to give people blows is basically what we’re going to try to do. But how we’re going to do it, we’re not sure just yet. … (Nova)’s going to have one (rehab start) in the Florida State League. If that goes fine, he’ll go to Scranton, weather permitting, and at that point we’ll evaluate. I guess it’s possible (he could be back this month). We did build him up to 75 pitches in extended spring so we can keep him on the clock if we feel it’s necessary, or we can pull him if we need him.”

Brian Cashman on Michael Pineda skipping a start: “We’ve just been talking through it. Tanaka obviously got a time out because of the injury he had, so with the off days that we’ve had, it was: all right, let’s try to make a decision here at least on this front end. There’s other avenues to do it if you got a full complement (and) everybody’s healthy. You can always play with a six-man rotation if Nova’s back and everybody’s in line. We’re just trying to find ways to manage it properly so everybody keeps that full tank of gas and doesn’t have fatigue set in too easily, because once fatigue sets in, injuries can happen.”

Brian Cashman on Masahiro Tanaka‘s elbow: “I can only speak for myself; I don’t think about it any more. I just think about if he is going to perform. In his last start, given how it was in his two rehab starts, I just wanted him to be productive. I knew he was around an 85-pitch count, so I didn’t know if we were going to be deep in the pen or not. My God, he was tremendous. I wasn’t worried about health. If something is going to happen, it’s going to happen.”


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11 Responses to Brian Cashman on Nova, Pineda and Tanaka

  1. They need a stud pitcher, period! ! Not from the junk pile!!!!

  2. Terry says:

    I'll be watching Nova closely.Is he the old Nova,fully recovered?Where will he pitch here?Always nice to get arms back

  3. Les Schraeder says:

    I am more concerned about what Cashman is going to do with Rogers. I believe Nova will be an effective addition to the team upon returning.

    • Robert Rufa says:

      I freaked when I saw they almost blew a 7-run lead. Rogers is not an asset as a starter. Maybe he'll be reliable for a few innings?

    • Otto says:

      I agree Rogers is terrible. They should go to the farm and bring somebody up. Maybe Mitchell in a few months Servino to fill the gap of right hander out of the pen. They also have a couple of other options.

      • ZCali says:

        AdCC to the "terrible list Get rid of Rogers and put CC in the pen as a long reliever. then callus Severino or Mitchell Presuming Nova comes back within a month or so. If Severino makes it up with big boys he stays .If he struggles he will know what he has to work on for the long haul.

  4. Gerry says:

    Girardi has to get better at his use of his bullpen, if his starter gets through the sixth inning he should designate a 7th. inning pitcher and use Betances for the 8th and Miller for the ninth. It's time to put the game to rest regardless of the lead.

  5. Robert Rufa says:

    I strongly urge the Yankees to go to a six-pitcher rotation if they have the arms. I understand Tanaka was in a six-man rotation when he was in Japan and he apparently came to NY healthy. Doesn't it make sense to protect an investment? The extra rest will help most pitchers in the long run.

    Incidentally, what happened to the Facebook login?

    • Otto says:

      Six man rotation is foolish. It does not protect the pitcher. If anything it disturbs their routine and they are less effective. The bottom line is they baby these pitchers too much and that is probably a reason for all of the injuries. They need to throw more to build up their arms.

  6. mikefoxtrot says:

    Nova pitches well and it's likely that he replaces the least effective starter….. CC you later.

  7. hotdog says:

    I'm not looking at Nova as being an answer to the rotation in lieu of anyone right now…even if CC implodes straight through to Nova's activation, I doubt the big man gets replaced…unfortunately, Warren may be the odd man out and he's been solid for us lately, certainly more so than CC and Eovaldi…it could also be that Nova does not return to the rotation for a while and gives the Yankees some innings in long relief…i don't like the idea of a 6 man rotation but maybe for a short time and it might be that they give starters a rest, going 5 man…at this point, the one thing I would not like to see is Warren back in the bullpen as much as they need a reliable righty who could go short and long…

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