Ivan Nova thought his relief stint Saturday night in the Yankees’ 11-3 loss to the Orioles was “good.’’

Yet considering Joe Girardi is not going to insert the right-hander into the rotation — something the manager said he was going to do against the Twins this week — Nova’s outing wasn’t good enough.

“I thought he pitched OK. We are basically in rotation right now,’’ said Girardi, who explained David Phelps, whom Nova replaced in the third inning Saturday night, would start against the Twins on Thursday in Minneapolis.

Girardi’s original plan was to give his five starters an extra day of rest by using Nova as a sixth starter for one turn through the rotation because the Yankees are in a stretch of 20 games in 20 days.

After throwing 75 pitches in 5 2/3 innings, in which he gave up six hits and two runs, Nova’s next day to pitch would be Thursday. Girardi could have started him then and pushed Phelps to Friday against the Orioles at home, but elected not to. Part of that may have been because the Birds rocked Phelps for nine runs and nine hits in 2 1/3 innings.

Nova entered Saturday’s game with the Yankees trailing, 9-0, in the third, so his line could be misleading.

“I don’t necessarily look at the results. You look at how a guy throws and how he is competing. How he goes about his business,’’ Girardi said. “Games are different when they are 9-0, but there are different ways but you look at the quality of his stuff. The pressure should come from within, wanting to do well with the understanding that if you don’t do well at this level you probably aren’t going to stay at this level.’’

* Michael Pineda didn’t inspire confidence that he will be ready to join the big league staff when his minor league injury rehab assignment ends July 9 when yesterday he produced easily the worst of his four outings.

In three innings for Double-A Trenton against Binghamton, Pineda gave up four runs, four walks and four hits. Two of the hits were homers in a 5-4 Thunder loss. Pineda threw 62 pitches and just 32 for strikes.