Monday was supposed to be an off day for both the New York Yankees and the Cleveland Indians, but instead they found themselves playing a doubleheader. The Indians took the first game, 1-0, and the Yankees bounced back to take the back end, 7-0, behind a good pitching performance from rookie Vidal Nuno.
The 25 year old left-hander pitched five scoreless innings in his first major league start while allowing three hits and three walks. Fellow rookie Adam Warren would pitch the final four innings to finish off the shutout.
This was just Nuno’s second appearance for the Yankees as he made a three inning relief appearance on April 29 in which he didn’t allow a run. It was a bit surprising that Nuno didn’t show any signs of rust because he hadn’t pitched since that relief stint.
What the future holds for him is uncertain. There isn’t a spot for him in the rotation right now, and if the Yankees want him to be a starter in the future he just might get sent down to the minors. If the Yankees continue to keep him in the majors, it will be important that they don’t give him another two weeks in between games. I think that Nuno would be great in a long relief role for now and keep him available as a spot starter. Whatever happens, put Nuno on the long list of unexpected names that have helped get the Yankees into first place in the American League East.