Bomber bits

Bomber bits

Ivan Nova is available in the bullpen behind Freddy Garcia for Sunday's start, and then the Yankees plan to discuss his next assignment. The Yankees envision Nova as a starter but haven't set a date.

• Andy Pettitte is scheduled to throw a side session on Monday at Yankee Stadium and will be seen by a team physician. If he is cleared, Pettitte would then throw a simulated game of about 60 pitches on Wednesday at Fenway Park and could then be ready for Major League action.

• On this date in 1999, Jim "Catfish" Hunter passed away at the age of 53. The Hall of Famer pitched five seasons with the Yankees from 1975-79, going 63-53 with a 3.58 ERA and winning World Series titles in '77 and '78.