In New York Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson‘s first at-bat, he was hit buy a pitch on his forearm, breaking it and resulting in Granderson being lost for the next 10 weeks. There are rumors swirling around who could replace Granderson at left field since that is where the whole is going to be.
One name that comes to mind among the logical candidates, like Juan Rivera and Matt Diaz, is current backup shortstop Eduardo Nunez.
Nunez is primarily a shortstop, but a move to the outfield could be a logical decision. Nunez is an athlete and is not that great a defender at the shortstop position, where he filled in occasionally in place of Derek Jeter.
It will be easier for Nunez to switch to the outfield from the infield. He will also have a whole month of exhibition games and practice to get used to the move, so this would be the perfect time to make any kind of switch. It worked for Alfonso Soriano, and it could work for Nunez.
Even though he is the shortstop of the Yankees’ future, a few weeks in the outfield would not hurt his progress in making the next step. He batted .292/.330/.393 with a home run and 19 RBI in 38 games last season. If Joe Girardi wants to shake things up a little bit, moving Nunez to the outfield would be perfect.