Nunez lifted after being hit by pitch

April, 12, 2013
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After being hit by a pitch on his right wrist, Eduardo Nunez was lifted from Friday night's game against the Baltimore Orioles. The team later described the injury as a contusion. X-rays were negative.

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AP Photo/Julio CortezEduardo Nunez was in serious pain after getting hit on his right wrist.
In the bottom of the second inning, Miguel Gonzalez nailed Nunez. After being attended to by trainer Steve Donohue and manager Joe Girardi for a few minutes, Nunez actually stayed in the game to run the bases. However, after trying just one practice throw between innings, Nunez was replaced by Jayson Nix.

Last Friday in Detroit, Nunez was hit on the right biceps. He had to be taken out of that game as well. X-rays were negative and Nunez returned to the lineup, starting Monday in Cleveland.

Nunez is the Yankees' starting shortstop right now, in place of the injured Derek Jeter. Jeter is rehabilitating in Tampa, but is not considered close to returning from his offseason ankle surgery.

Jeter is hitting and fielding, but has yet to appear in any games. During spring training, the most Jeter played in one game was five innings. He is going to have to play back-to-back games, at least, before he is ready to return to the Yankees.

Nunez has begun the year hitting .250 in 20 at-bats.
Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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