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Phelps replaces Nova in Yanks' rotation; Tex back

Associated Press Modified: October 1, 2012 at 5:02 pm •  Published: October 1, 2012
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NEW YORK (AP) — Ivan Nova has been dropped from the New York Yankees' rotation after a pair of poor outings, and David Phelps will replace him as Tuesday night's starter against the Boston Red Sox.

After missing 3½ weeks because of inflammation in his right rotator cuff, Nova beat Tampa Bay in his return on Sept. 15. Since then he is 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA in two starts, allowing 11 hits and four walks in seven innings.

"I'm sure he's disappointed. But that's OK, too. This is a game where you have to be productive on a consistent basis," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Monday. "We still have him in our plans, but right now he's just struggling a little bit."

Nova is 12-8 this season, down from 16-4 last year. He knew the move was possible given the way he was throwing.