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Ivan Nova | Starting Pitcher | #46

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (31) / 1/12/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 240
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2004 / UDFA / NYY
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Ivan Nova surrendered just one run on five hits over six innings in Saturday's win over the Reds.
A workmanlike outing for Nova, who struck out three and walked three over the course of his six innings of work. He wrapped his day having thrown 92 pitches (60 strikes). Only a solo home run by Eugenio Suarez in the second inning served to dent the scoreboard on his watch. The veteran right-hander will bring a 4.42 ERA and 1.32 WHIP into a home start against the Diamondbacks when he next takes to the mound as he looks to build on Saturday's respectable performance. Jun 16 - 7:44 PM

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Ivan Nova held the Cubs to one run over 5 2/3 innings Sunday for his third win of the year.

Nova allowed just four hits and struck out eight batters against two walks. Pretty good for his first start back from a sprained finger. The 31-year-old right-hander is 3-5 with a 4.68 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, and 55/12 K/BB ratio in 67 1/3 innings (12 starts) this season. He'll face the Reds at home next.
Jun 10 - 5:51 PM

Pirates activated RHP Ivan Nova from the 10-day disabled list.

Nova will start Sunday in Chicago against the Cubs, bumping Nick Kingham out of the rotation and back to Triple-A Indianapolis. The veteran right-hander holds a pedestrian 4.96 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, and 47/10 K/BB ratio in 61 2/3 innings this season and should be avoided in fantasy leagues.
Jun 10 - 11:36 AM

Ivan Nova (finger) will be activated from the 10-day disabled list and start Sunday's game against the Cubs, manager Clint Hurdle said Saturday.

A corresponding move will be made before tomorrow's game. Nova has been sidelined since May 25 with a sprained right ring finger, and he's been throwing bullpen sessions and simulated games as he worked toward a return. It's been a disappointing year for the 31-year-old, who owns a 4.96 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, and 47/10 K/BB ratio in 61 2/3 innings this season, and a date with the potent Cubs' lineup isn't a recipe for success.
Jun 9 - 5:51 PM

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said that Ivan Nova (finger) "responded very well" to his bullpen session and he will map out the righty's return to the rotation later Friday.

Nova also threw a simulated game earlier this week without issue and it appears that he'll rejoin the Pirates' rotation without going out on a rehab assignment. He's eligible for activation at any time. Nick Kingham could be sent back down to the minors when Nova returns.
Jun 8 - 1:06 PM

Ivan Nova (finger) could return to the Pirates' rotation without making a rehab start.

Nova apparently looked sharp in a two-inning simulated game on Tuesday at PNC Park and could feasibly come off the disabled list this weekend, though nothing is set in stone yet. The right-hander was placed on the disabled list May 28, retroactive to May 25, with a sprained right ring finger. He has a 4.96 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, and 47/10 K/BB ratio in 61 2/3 innings (11 starts) this season.
Jun 6 - 11:04 AM

Ivan Nova (finger) will throw a two-inning simulated game on Tuesday.

Nova threw a 32-pitch bullpen session on Sunday, and now will get a chance to face live hitters as he tries to make it back to the Pittsburgh rotation before the middle of June. If things go well, he could go on a rehab assignment right after. The right-hander has been out since May 25 with a sprained right ring finger.
Jun 5 - 5:51 PM

Ivan Nova (finger) threw a 32-pitch bullpen session on Sunday.

Nova was able to throw all of his pitches and said he felt good. He'll face hitters next and could need a rehab start before rejoining the Pirates' rotation.
Jun 3 - 11:43 AM

Ivan Nova (finger) was scheduled to play catch Wednesday.

Nova landed on the disabled list Monday with a sprained right ring finger, but he might not be out long. "It’s a little better," the right-hander said Wednesday. "I’m going to throw today again and see how we feel." Nova holds a 4.96 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, and 47/10 K/BB ratio in 61 2/3 innings (11 starts) this season.
May 30 - 6:23 PM

Pirates placed RHP Ivan Nova on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to May 25, with a sprained right ring finger.

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle revealed over the weekend that Nova reported discomfort after his most recent start on Thursday. He originally suffered the injury while fielding a ground ball back on April 25, but the issue has lingered. The Pirates hope some rest will do the trick. Nick Kingham will be called up to start Tuesday against the Cubs.
May 28 - 10:37 AM

Pirates' manager Clint Hurdle said Saturday that Ivan Nova is dealing with a sprained ligament in his right index finger.

There's a chance that Nova will hit the disabled list because of the issue. In that event, Nick Kingham would start in his place on Tuesday. Nova has the finger taped up and is currently getting treatment, but he remains hopeful that he'll be able to make his scheduled start.
May 26 - 1:52 PM

Ivan Nova lost after allowing five runs -- four earned -- in 5 1/3 innings Thursday against the Reds.

Nova's own error led to the unearned run. He gave up two homers today, bringing his season total to 10 surrendered in 11 starts. He's allowed 25 runs -- 20 earned -- in 23 2/3 innings this month, taking his ERA from 3.32 to 4.96.
May 24 - 3:44 PM

Ivan Nova pitched well in a losing effort against the Padres on Friday, surrendering three runs (two earned) on six hits over his six innings of work.

The right-hander struck out four and didn't walk a batter in the ballgame. The Padres pushed a pair of runs across in the fourth inning then broke the 2-2 tie with an RBI single from Franchy Cordero in the sixth. Now 2-4 on the season, Nova will carry a 4.79 ERA and 1.31 WHIP into Thursday's start against the Reds in Cincinnati.
May 18 - 10:44 PM

Ivan Nova allowed four runs over 5 2/3 innings in a loss to the Giants on Sunday.

Nova and Giants starter Derek Holland traded zeroes for the first five frames, but things fell apart for the right-hander in the sixth. A Gorkys Hernandez leadoff homer put Nova behind, and a pair of singles and a two-out double spelled the end of the day for Nova. His line wasn't helped by a three-run homer, two runs of which were also charged to him, given up after he exited. Nova fell to 2-3 with a 5.01 ERA and 1.35 WHIP through nine starts this year, and he'll look to show better Saturday against the lowly Padres.
May 13 - 5:51 PM

Ivan Nova lasted just two innings Tuesday, yielding five runs against the White Sox but escaping with a no-decision in the Pirates' 10-6 win.

Nova needed a whopping 51 pitches two get through the first inning, as he gave up four hits – including a home run – and two walks in the frame. He surrendered two more hits and a run in the second and manager Clint Hurdle decided that was enough. Nova had a 3.32 ERA after eight scoreless innings against the Tigers on April 26, but his ERA now sits at 4.84 after he was knocked around his last two times out. He gets the White Sox again his next time out, this time in Pittsburgh.
May 9 - 12:07 AM

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