New York Yankees shortstop Eduardo Nunez left Sunday’s series finale against the Oakland Athletics with tightness in his rib cage. Considering the Yankees have 10 players on the disabled list, including numerous offensive producers, manager Joe Girardi is not about to push the limits when it is not necessary.
There is still a good chance Nunez will suit up Tuesday against the Colorado Rockies. However, if he experiences any tightness or pain when he attempts to swing a bat, there is no way Girardi will put him in the lineup.
“You don’t want to make that a six-week injury if it can just be a couple days,” Girardi said after Sunday’s 5-4 loss, according to Yankees.com. “We’ll see how he feels Tuesday, although I don’t think we’ll have a player then.”
Nunez began feeling pain around his rib cage in the third inning on Sunday. He thought it could have been something he ate, but the fact that the issue never went away is what alarmed him.
“I kept playing,” Nunez told Yankees.com. “After I swing [in the third], it hurt a lot. I went out to play defense, I couldn’t move.”
The 25-year-old is Derek Jeter’s replacement until the team captain returns from the disabled list after the All-Star break. Even though Jayson Nix is more than capable of handling the shortstop position if Nunez went on the 15-day disabled list, New York would prefer to keep as many people off the DL as possible.
As for Tuesday night, it will be a game-time decision whether Nunez will be in the lineup.
The third-year player is batting .200 with four RBI, four doubles, one triple, two stolen bases and nine runs in 80 at-bats this season.