OUTIván Nova
SP PIT
2 months ago

Nova left Thursday's game with an injured right index finger, Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

EDGE Analysis

Fortunately, X-rays were negative, so Nova should be able to have a normal offseason. He was injured while squaring around to bunt in the third inning. The 30-year-old ends the campaign with a 4.14 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 131:36 K:BB -- his ratios were nearly identical to those from 2016 despite worse peripherals.

OUTIván Nova
SP PIT
2 months ago

Nova left Thursday's game after taking a pitch off his finger while trying to bunt, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

This is a tough way to end the season for Nova, who allowed one run on four hits over two innings before he exited the game. Hopefully this isn't anything that will affect his offseason routine. Nova's strikeout and walk rates both went in the wrong direction this year, but his ratios were still serviceable. He's under contract for two more seasons and should be secure in his role as a starter entering spring training.

OUTIván Nova
SP PIT
2 months ago

Nova (11-14) allowed two runs, one of which was earned, on six hits and four walks while striking out two across five innings, but received no decision Friday against the Cardinals.

EDGE Analysis

Nova allowed single runs in each of the first two innings before settling down and holding the Cardinals scoreless while the offense picked him up by scoring a pair of runs which allowed in the leave the game a 2-2 tie. After struggling through three rough outings, he's bounced back by allowing just three earned runs over his last two starts, and he could be very helpful when he makes his last start of the season next Friday against the Nationals.

OUTIván Nova
SP PIT
2 months ago

Nova (calf) will make his next start Friday against the Cardinals, Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

EDGE Analysis

Nova exited his last start with calf discomfort, but it doesn't appear the issue will force him to miss a turn in the rotation. The 30-year-old was able to toss a side session Tuesday with no issues, clearing the way for him to make his next start on schedule. After an impressive start to the season, Nova has turned in an unremarkable 6.22 ERA in 11 second-half starts.

OUTIván Nova
SP PIT
2 months ago

Nova (calf) said he expects to make his next start on schedule, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

EDGE Analysis

Nova apparently doesn't think the calf discomfort that forced him out of Saturday's contest is anything that will keep him from taking his next turn in the rotation. The Pirates will likely wait to see how he responds to a side session before confirming his status, but it sounds like he might not miss any time. Nova was in the midst of his best start in nearly a month before departing, tallying six strikeouts in 6.1 innings of one-run ball.

OUTIván Nova
SP PIT
2 months ago

Nova left Saturday's game in the seventh inning with right calf discomfort, Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

EDGE Analysis

At this point, Nova's status for his next scheduled start is up in the air. A decision regarding his availability may not be made until early next week. Nova pitched very well before the injury popped up, allowing two runs on three hits while striking out six over 6.1 innings. It was just his fourth quality start of the second half.

OUTIván Nova
SP PIT
2 months ago

Nova left Saturday's game against the Reds with an apparent injury, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Pirates have not yet provided a reason for Nova's exit, but C. Trent Rosecrans of The Cincinnati Enquirer suggested it may have been a groin issue. Nova was putting together one of his best starts of the second half before he was forced from the game, allowing just one run on three hits and one walk while striking out six over 6.1 innings.

OUTIván Nova
SP PIT
2 months ago

Nova (11-13) allowed five runs on five hits and two walks while striking out seven batters through five innings during Sunday's loss to St. Louis.

EDGE Analysis

After having his last start skipped, this wasn't an encouraging return to the mound, and Nova has now allowed 20 runs through 18.2 innings over his past four starts. His 4.25 ERA and 1.27 WHIP are still respectable numbers, but with his poor current form and underwhelming 6.3 K/9 in mind, Nova's fantasy value is trending in the wrong direction. He projects to make his next start on the road against the Reds.

OUTIván Nova
SP PIT
3 months ago

Nova will toss a side session Thursday, and remains in line to start Sunday's game against the Cardinals, MLB.com's Adam Berry reports.

EDGE Analysis

Nova's latest outing was skipped, as Steven Brault took his place against the Cubs on Tuesday. The right-hander has been in the midst of a constant struggle on the mound, allowing 12 earned runs over his last three starts, which latest a combined 13.2 innings. If all goes well during Thursday's session, the club will likely announce that Nova is the starter for Sunday's series finale.

OUTIván Nova
SP PIT
3 months ago

Nova's projected start Tuesday against the Cubs will be skipped while Steven Brault takes his place, Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

EDGE Analysis

There has yet to be word on whether this will be a one-time deal or if Nova has lost favor in the rotation following another poor start Wednesday. The right-hander has posted a 6.64 ERA since July 23, and only lasted three innings during his latest outing against the Cubs. With a rematch against Chicago on the radar for next week, manager Clint Hurdle decided to give Brault a turn instead of watching Nova try to bounce back against the Pirates' division rival.