It was a big night for Adam Warren last night, but it was also another important night for Ivan Nova. He made his third MiL rehab start, second for Triple-A SWB, and this one wasn't nearly as good as the first 2. Nova completed 5 innings and gave up 5 earned runs on 7 hits. He walked 2, struck out 4, and threw 49 of his 84 pitches for strikes. I thought he was scheduled for 90 or so, so he didn't reach that level. His command was not as sharp as it was in his first Triple-A start, which is not all that unexpected after TJS, but as with the first 2 outings there were no physical issues and Nova came out of the start saying he felt good.
The question once again becomes what do the Yankees do next with Nova? There was talk of him rejoining the rotation after only 2 rehab outings, but after this step back in terms of command and performance, perhaps the Yankees will rethink whatever current rotation options they have in the works. I believe Nova's 20-day clock started with his first start on Monday the 8th. That means he's got another week and change of rehab time left, more than enough to get another Triple-A start in.
The Yankees have issues in their Major League rotation, sure. But they're also back on a winning streak and hanging right at the top of the division. I think they can afford to use all of Nova's remaining time to get him more reps and get his pitch count up. If it were my call, I'd let him make another rehab start next week and then activate him the following week.