As soon as New York Yankees‘ shortstop Eduardo Nunez hit the dirt after getting hit by a Doug Fister fastball, Yankee fans had the worst case scenario going through their heads. Who could blame them after this spring which seemed to have a daily addition to the disabled list. Well fans can breathe a bit easier because Nunez suffered only a bruised bicep and will be listed as day-to-day.
Nunez is already replacing Yankee captain Derek Jeter, who isn’t expected back until around the first on May. Jayson Nix will likely play shortstop until Nunez is ready to come back to the lineup. Nix has a career batting average of just .213 in six big league seasons.
The news that Nunez escaped serious injury is about the only good thing that came out on Friday’s contest against the Detroit Tigers. Ivan Nova failed to make it through five innings and Prince Fielder smacked two home runs off the bullpen as the Tigers picked up an 8-3 victory. So far this season Andy Pettitte is the only pitcher to have a successful outing. The pitching was supposed to be the strength of the team. With so many offensive players out, it is imperative that the Yankees’ pitchers step up and perform to their capabilities.
The Yankees are 1-3 on the young season, and things aren’t looking good. New York needs to survive the first month, but at this rate they will be so far out of first place that they just won’t be able to recover.