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Yankees dump Ivan Nova from rotation for David Phelps

Oct 1, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

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Ivan Nova has been a mess in the second half, including back-to-back ugly starts in which he lasted just 2.1 and 4.2 innings, and today manager Joe Girardi dumped him from the Yankees’ rotation.

David Phelps will take Nova’s place against the Red Sox tomorrow, with Nova being available out of the bullpen for what would presumably only be low-leverage action.

Nova went 16-4 with a 3.70 ERA in 165 innings last season and headed into the all-star break this year 10-3 with a 3.92 ERA in 110 innings, but has a 7.05 ERA and .309 opponents’ batting average in 11 second-half starts with a stint on the disabled list with a shoulder injury mixed in.

Phelps has a 3.81 ERA and 50/21 K/BB ratio in 10 starts, plus a 2.76 ERA in 22 relief outings.

  1. Jeremy T - Oct 1, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    Wow, I didn’t think they were going to do this, if only to protect Phelps and have him ready for a bullpen role in the playoffs. I guess the urgency of the current situation forced their hand.

  2. pisano - Oct 1, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    Best news I’ve heard today. Everything Nova throw is up in the strike zone and those pitches are going to the cheap seats. One of the few smart moves Joe’s made in a while. Phelps is a lot more dependable and he keeps the ball down for the most part.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 1, 2012 at 5:38 PM

      Nova’s year was so odd. Increased his K rate, dropped his BB rate, but his extra base hits given up went thru the roof!

  3. jasonforb - Oct 1, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    The baseball people love David Phelps’ arm. They kept saying David Phelps, David Phelps.

    • jolink653 - Oct 2, 2012 at 12:17 PM

      He’s gonna be really good once he gets more experience and a chance to start every five days…He’s just not quite there yet

  4. randallflagg52 - Oct 1, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    The only thing I remember about this guy is the Orioles tore him up several times this season. I’m not saying he’s a bad pitcher, but he’s horrific against the O’s.

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