Ivan Nova on track to start Saturday after throwing bullpen session


According to Chad Jennings of the Journal News, Ivan Nova is on track to start Saturday against the Reds after making it through a bullpen session this afternoon.

Nova was forced to leave his start Monday against the Orioles with a contusion and sprain of his right foot and ankle after attempting to field a tapper near the mound. His workout this afternoon consisted of throwing roughly 25 pitches and simulated coming off the mound. While he admitted that he still felt a little something in his ankle, he remains confident that he’ll make able to make his next scheduled turn in the rotation.

Nova was tagged for five runs over 5 1/3 innings in Monday’s abbreviated outing and he now owns a 5.44 ERA and 40/14 K/BB ratio in 43 innings over his first seven starts this season.