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The same day that Pineda went on the DL, it was reported that starting pitcher Ivan Nova, who is returning nicely from Tommy John surgery, was left one of his recent starts citing a tired arm. Those fears were averted for now, as Nova pitched a solid ballgame on Sunday, August 2nd against the White Sox, going six innings, and allowing only one earned run to get the win. The Yankees will have to keep an eye on Nova for the remainder of the season, to ensure he's available and his arm is rested as the heat of the pennant race continues to get hotter, with Toronto making a handful of moves to try and get back into the race.
New York opens a series with last place Boston tonight, and tomorrow is the night every Yankees' fan has been waiting for, as Luis Severino will make his big league debut in the Bronx. With Severino's promotion, Nova avoiding missing any time, and Masahiro Tanaka appearing to be healthy, the Yankees still have some question marks with their starting rotation. Let's face it, CC Sabathia is never going to be a front-of-the-rotation starter ever again, and he could be the highest paid fifth starter in big league history. Bryan Mitchell made a spot start on Saturday, giving up four runs in four innings of work. Not really what Brian Cashman and Joe Girardi were looking for in terms of production from a young arm.