Joe Girardi says Ivan Nova has to prove himself

Ivan Nova warms up his arm during the

Ivan Nova warms up his arm during the first day of spring training at George Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla. (Feb. 12, 2013) (Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams, Jr.)

TAMPA, Fla. -- Ivan Nova said last week that he doesn't think he has anything to prove, to himself or to the Yankees.

"They know what I've got," he said at the time.

On Thursday Nova said: "I don't think I have to prove anything to myself. I know what I've got."

But Joe Girardi doesn't see it that way. "He has to go out and prove himself," he said. "That's the bottom line because of what he went through the second half of last season. He has to go out and earn a job."

Nova comes into camp off an up-and-down 2012 in which he was 12-8 with a 5.02 ERA, going 2-5 with a 7.05 ERA in the second half. Nova, who went 16-4 with a 3.70 ERA in 2011, is competing with David Phelps for the fifth spot in the rotation.

It is mostly that 2011 season of which Nova speaks when he says everyone knows "what I've got," but that shouldn't be misinterpreted to mean Nova, though confident he will win the job, feels entitled to it.

"Last year was a competition, this year's a competition, next year will be a competition," he said. "Every year's a competition for me."

Not to worry

Derek Jeter, who has been working out at the minor- league complex since early January, missed two straight days, but general manager Brian Cashman said that's the shortstop's normal spring routine.

"Every year, five days before , he stops," Cashman said of Jeter's workouts at the complex. "He's 100 percent healthy. This is all part of his normal return."

Position players report Sunday, with the first full-squad workout Monday.

The new guy

The Yankees completed a deal with Seattle for righthanded reliever Shawn Kelley in exchange for minor-league outfielder Abraham Almonte on Wednesday night. "Above-average fastball, above-average slider, can miss bats," one talent evaluator said of Kelley, 28.

Kelley went 2-4 with a 3.25 ERA and 45 strikeouts in 441/3 innings in 47 appearances in three stints with the Mariners in 2012.

Extra bases

CC Sabathia was supposed to throw his first bullpen session Thursday but pitching coach Larry Rothschild pushed the session to Saturday, though not for any physical reasons. "There's nothing wrong with him," Girardi said . . . Former Yankees righty Chien-Ming Wang, whose career has been decimated by injuries, still is trying to land a major- league deal. The 32-year-old recently threw on the mound at the home of Yankees spring training guest instructor Billy Connors . . . Cashman said Alex Rodriguez is scheduled to be in New York -- the third baseman has been in Miami -- today to continue his rehab from hip surgery.

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