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Yankees say Ivan Nova left early due to tight forearm

Oct 6, 2011, 10:01 PM EDT

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Forget all that “Girardi is panicking” talk.

According to beat writer Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger, the Yankees announced in the press box during the top of the sixth that Game 5 starter Ivan Nova was pulled after just two innings due to “right forearm tightness.” Not because manager Joe Girardi was displeased with the early results.

Nova allowed back-to-back homers to Detroit’s Don Kelly and Delmon Young in the top of the first inning and a leadoff double to Magglio Ordonez in the second. But he did appear to be settling in and his stuff was far from out of control. In fact, the 24-year-old right-hander threw 24 of his 31 total deliveries for strikes. Phil Hughes came on in relief, then entered Boone Logan. Now it’s CC Sabathia.

The Yankees trail the Tigers 3-0 as this series-deciding Game 5 heads to the bottom of the sixth.

  1. jayswin93 - Oct 6, 2011 at 10:10 PM

    Can the fat boy set up a comeback? Obesity forever! Go fat boy….a double cheese burger awaits you.

  2. jayswin93 - Oct 6, 2011 at 10:12 PM

    CC is code for double cheese….hahahaha…I slay me !

  3. polegojim - Oct 7, 2011 at 12:10 AM

    Drew – that’s gamesmanship and protecting your player, as it should be… but make no mistake…

    Girardi WAS panicking when he pulled him.

    Notice the timing… he was coming around to the strength of the Detroit line up again in the third inning….Kelly, Young were coming to bat… Girardi wasn’t going to take any more chances.

    Great Job Tigers! Just like the revamped Lions, this team has no fear, no quit.

    • lukeslice - Oct 7, 2011 at 9:50 AM

      yeah I think this was a panic move regardless and they’re using forearm tightness to cut Girardi and his binder some slack

  4. tigerfanintn - Oct 7, 2011 at 8:42 AM

    Prove it…..we were getting to him early and they didn’t like it….

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