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Ivan Nova gets nostalgic in first start as an opponent in Yankee Stadium

Ivan Nova gets nostalgic in first start as an opponent in Yankee Stadium

When Ivan Nova was traded by the New York Yankees before in August of 2016, it ended a 12-year run for Nova in the Yankees organization.

When Nova pitched for the White Sox on Saturday, it was his first start in Yankee Stadium as an opponent. Nova was a bright spot in an otherwise ugly 4-0 loss for the White Sox. He gave up one run in six-plus innings of work with five strikeouts, four hits and a walk.

Nova signed with the Yankees in 2004 as an amateur and made his major league debut in 2010. He logged 729 innings with the Yankees.

Nova is now one of the veterans on the White Sox pitching staff, but coming back to Yankee Stadium brought back memories of his early days in the majors.

“It means a lot,” Nova said of pitching in Yankee Stadium again. “That emotion walking over to the bullpen, especially the guy that I was facing today was my mentor.”

CC Sabathia went up against Nova in a pitching duel. Sabathia gave up just one hit in five scoreless innings.

After the game, Nova had plenty of good things to say about Sabathia, saying the 38-year-old helped Nova in “every way you can imagine.”

“I remember I was kind of putting my pressure on myself and my first year I was only throwing like three or four innings per game,” Nova said. “I told him ‘I want to pitch good. I want to have success. I want to contribute.’ He told me ‘Let me worry about it. Not you.’”

Nova said the advice paid off quickly.

“After that I threw like six innings and he was happy,” Nova said. “It was good moments.”

 

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Prospects Zack Burdi, Luis Basabe to begin rehab stints in White Sox minors

Prospects Zack Burdi, Luis Basabe to begin rehab stints in White Sox minors

Tommy John surgeries have knocked out two top White Sox pitching prospects for 2019 (Michael Kopech and Dane Dunning), but one pitching prospect is set to make a notable step in his return from the surgery.

Zack Burdi will join Single-A Kannapolis on a rehab stint on Monday. Burdi had Tommy John surgery in July of 2017. In his first game action since the surgery, he made seven appearances last August with the Arizona League White Sox (rookie level). The Downers Grove native made five more appearances in the Arizona Fall League before being pulled from the league due to “general fatigue.” He talked about his recovery process on an episode of the White Sox Talk Podcast.

In spring training, Burdi was not invited to major league camp and he wasn’t on a minor league roster when the season began. With this news, he is set to hit another milestone in his return. If all goes well in Kannapolis, it is expected that Burdi will join Triple-A Charlotte, where he was in 2017 when he got hurt.

If Burdi can recapture his stuff, which profiled him as a back end of the bullpen pitcher, he could even join the White Sox sometime in 2019. He has to show he is healthy and back to his old self first though. The 24-year-old was taken with the 26th pick in the 2016 draft and is the No. 16 prospect in the system according to MLB Pipeline.

Another prospect will be joining Burdi in Kannapolis on a rehab assignment. Outfielder Luis Alexander Basabe, No. 7 prospect in the system, will also join the Intimidators on Monday. Basabe broke the hamate bone in his left hand during batting practice in spring training. It was initially estimated that he would return in late May, so Basabe appears to be ahead of schedule. The 22-year-old spent the second half of 2019 with Double-A Birmingham and is expected to return there after rehabbing with Kannapolis.

Elsewhere on the White Sox prospect injury watch, Luis Robert left a game on Saturday with soreness in his left hand and is reportedly day-to-day. He was hit by a pitch in the first game of a doubleheader for Single-A Winston-Salem. He made one at-bat in the second game, a leadoff groundout, and then was taken out of the game. He did not play on Sunday.

Robert endured an injury-plagued 2018. He was limited to 50 games, but has been on fire early in 2019. Robert leads the Carolina League in batting average (.475), home runs (6), hits (28), runs (16), on-base percentage (.530) and slugging percentage (.915) and is tied for the league lead in RBIs (18) and stolen bases (7).

 

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Saturday's White Sox-Tigers game postponed due to rain; makeup scheduled for August

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Saturday's White Sox-Tigers game postponed due to rain; makeup scheduled for August

The White Sox and Tigers were likely to start Saturday's game (12:10 p.m. CT) in a rain delay. Instead, the game has been pushed back altogether.

With rain expected all afternoon in Detroit, Saturday's game has been postponed. A makeup is scheduled for Aug. 6 at 12:10 p.m. as part of a split doubleheader. The originally scheduled game will start at 6:10 p.m. CT.

According to a press release, all paid tickets from Saturday's game will be valid for the first game of the doubleheader.

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