Nova was released by the Rockies on Thursday, Nick Groke of The Athletic reports. Nova spent less than three weeks with the Rockies' organization and never cracked the 40-man roster. It's unclear why they lost interest in him so soon. The 34-year-old is coming off a year in which he recorded an 8.53 ERA over four starts, be he kept his ERA below 4.75 in each of the four previous seasons, so it's certainly possible he can fill in somewhere as a back-end starter.
Nova signed a contract with the Rockies on Monday, Robert Murray of FanSided.com reports. Nova was let go by the Phillies at the end of spring training after he posted a 7.30 ERA and 1.95 WHIP with six strikeouts in 12.1 innings this spring. Starter Kyle Freeland (shoulder) is currently sidelined and doesn't yet have a timetable to return, but it's not clear whether Nova's agreement is a major-league contract or whether he'll be ready to pitch for his new team right away. Nova made four starts for the Tigers in 2020 before he was shut down due to right triceps tendinitis, and he posted an 8.53 ERA and 1.63 WHIP in 19 innings.
Nova was released by the Phillies on Thursday, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. The veteran was in camp as a non-roster invitee but evidently wasn't going to win a roster spot, so he's been allowed to seek work elsewhere. The transaction seemingly indicates good things about the health of at least one of Zach Eflin (back), Spencer Howard (back) or Vince Velasquez (oblique), as Nova could have made a spot start or two to open the season if all three of that trio were forced to head to the injured list.
Nova (triceps) will start the first game of the Grapefruit League season against the Tigers on Sunday, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Nova missed most of the 2020 season due to right triceps tendinitis, but he signed a minor-league contract with Philadelphia in January and should compete for a spot in the back of the rotation during spring training. That he's starting Sunday signals that he should be fully healthy this spring.
Nova (triceps) signed a minor-league contract with the Phillies on Tuesday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. The deal will pay the veteran righty $1.5 million if he's able to make the big-league roster. Now 34 years old, Nova appeared to have something left in the tank up until very recently, recording an unexciting but acceptable 4.31 ERA from 2016 to 2019. His 2020 campaign went quite poorly, however, as he struggled to an 8.53 ERA and a 9:9 K:BB in four starts before being shut down with triceps tendinitis. Beating out Vince Velasquez for the Phillies' fifth starter spot is certainly not an insurmountable task if Nova is fully healthy, though he won't be a particularly exciting fantasy option if he does win the job, as he's been a low-strikeout innings eater for the bulk of his career.
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