Nova starts for Yankees despite hamstring issue

Nova starts for Yankees despite hamstring issue

Nova starts for Yankees despite hamstring issue
OAKLAND -- Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova is battling a minor right hamstring issue, though it was not enough to place his start on Friday into jeopardy.

"It was a little tight. He's fine," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "There's no issue with that. He said he feels good and there's no issues."

Girardi said that Nova was able to do all of his work normally leading up to his start on Friday against the Athletics, and that the lingering bone bruise on his right foot may have caused a chain reaction of soreness in his leg.

"Sometimes when you have ailments in your lower extremities, you might walk a little different, run a little different," Girardi said. "That causes something to get sore. But he checked out fine."