New York Yankees: 7 Important Needs for the Second Half

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5: Ivan Nova’s Right Arm

Apr 19, 2014; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Ivan Nova (47) throws a pitch during the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

There is a trend going on here. Health seems to be the deciding factor for the Yankees.  Ivan Nova is currently on the DL, recovering from Tommy John surgery, but sources say that he is ready to pitch in the majors any day now.  Instead of making a trade for a pitcher, the Yankees will “acquire” Nova from the disabled list.

While I personally think Nova is a little overrated, there is no arguing that the Yankees could use his arm in the rotation.  It will allow the Yankees to put Adam Warren back in the bullpen and round out the starting 5 of Tanaka, Pineda, CC and Nathan Eovaldi.  Coming off Tommy John surgery will mean some rust for Nova, but if history shows us anything, it’s that this procedure makes arms stronger.  With the two at the top, the other three should be able to to pitch well enough to keep them in most games.

Next: 6: Andrew Miller's Left Arm