Yankees starting pitcher Ivan Nova, second from right, throws a...

Yankees starting pitcher Ivan Nova, second from right, throws a practice pitch as umpire Gary Cederstrom, right, and members of the Yankees look on. (May 14, 2012) Credit: AP

BALTIMORE -- Joe Girardi said Ivan Nova's sprained right ankle was "better," but the status of the righthander's next start is still up in the air.

"I can't tell you if he's going to make his start or not," Girardi said before Tuesday night's game. "Our plans are for him to make his start but we'll see how he feels tomorrow and if he can do his bullpen and where we're at."

Girardi said a decision on Nova, slotted to start Saturday against the Reds, can be last-minute. "We really don't have to make a decision until Saturday," Girardi said. "It's not completely abnormal for a guy to miss a bullpen when they're a little fatigued. You prefer they don't but if you have to, we might run it all the way up until Saturday."

Nova, his ankle heavily taped and walking with a slight limp, said he expected to make his start. The righthander suffered a contusion on the foot, then the sprain later in the game fielding a chopper. "It hurts a little bit but not like last night," he said Tuesday. "I think I'm going to make [my next start]. I feel really good. Not 100 percent but I feel good to make my next start."


Extra bases

The Yankees recalled RHP Cody Eppley from Triple-A to replace David Robertson on the roster. Eppley, who has a 4.76 ERA in five appearances with the Yankees, landed in Baltimore just after 5 p.m. and was in uniform just before 6 . . . LHP Clay Rapada, who left Monday's game with what he said were "the shakes" and "blurred vision" because of an adverse reaction to medication he's taking for a virus, said he was OK to pitch . . . DH/OF Raul Ibañez, who left Monday's game in the ninth after getting hit on the right elbow with a pitch, walked into the clubhouse with the elbow wrapped but said he was "fine" and able to hit. With LHP Wei-Yin Chen starting, righty Andruw Jones was the DH . . . Robertson was expected back in Baltimore with the plan to make the trip to Toronto.

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