While people continue to lament the loss of Moncada and Alex Rodriguez continues to be a miserable human being by working out, taking morning BP, and signing autographs for fans, there are some other legitimately important things happening in the early days of Yankee camp. Like this little nugget of info. Did you know that Ivan Nova is back to throwing regular bullpen sessions off a mound? Me neither. But he is. Has been for a while. A whole bunch of different beat reporters had the details earlier today, but the long and short of it is that Nova threw a 25-pitch session this morning of all fastballs. It was the 3rd all-heater session he's had, and he explained that the plan is to throw 1 more of these type of bullpens before mixing in changeups, and then another 4 fastball-changeup sessions before working breaking balls back in.
Nova told reporters he was "excited" to be back on the mound but added that he realizes he still has a long way to go and is staying focused on "just taking it day by day" right now, which is the right attitude to have. There's no need for him or the team to feel like they have to rush anything. The important thing is that he continue to feel strong and healthy and make progress towards his eventual return. That said, it is cool to know that he's worked his way back to real pitching. That's an important milestone in any kind of long-term rehab for a pitcher.