From MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch comes word that Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova threw 20 pitches of live batting practice on Tuesday afternoon at the Yankees’ spring training complex in Tampa, Florida. It was his first time facing hitters since undergoing Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last April.
Nova will throw another round of live BP on Friday. He’ll eventually progress to simulated games and then he will head off on a minor league rehab assignment. The expectation is that Nova will become an option for the Yankees’ starting rotation sometime in early June.
Nova, 28, posted a 3.10 ERA and 116 strikeouts across 139 1/3 innings for the Yankees in 2013.
He only made four starts last year before tearing the ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow.