Eduardo Nunez is day-to-day, but likely unavailable tomorrow, after being hit by a pitch in the right biceps. X-rays were negative, but Nunez said he initially thought the arm was broken. That wouldn’t have been surprising considering his reaction.
“I felt pain all over my arm,” Nunez said.
The fastball hit the top of the muscle, where there’s less meat, which likely made it less painful. On a replay it seemed the ball might have hit Nunez in the chest first, but he said it was a straight shot to the arm. He said he actually wished it hit his chest, because it could have stayed in the game that way.
“You can’t lose everybody,” manager Joe Girardi said. “I don’t think we’ve lost Nuney for a (long time). He’s got a bruise. We’ll get him back, I think, fairly quickly. We’re fortunate it wasn’t more than that. We can’t have too many guys go down, that’s for sure.”
A few quick roster/injury notes…
• Despite expecting to have Nunez out of the mix tomorrow, Girardi said he does not expect to add an infielder. “I would use Cervy as an extra infielder, that’s what I would do,” Girardi said.
• Shawn Kelley threw 43 pitches today, which means he’s probably not available tomorrow. Adam Warren is also likely unavailable after giving multiple innings on Wednesday. The Yankees bullpen will be extremely thin for tomorrow’s David Phelps start. “We’ll take a look at it,” Girardi said, indicating it’s at least possible the Yankees will make a move to add a fresh arm.
• Hiroki Kuroda said there’s no real doubt in his mind that he’ll be able to make Monday’s scheduled start. He still feels some discomfort after being hit by that comebacker on Wednesday, but Kuroda said his bullpen ultimately went pretty well this morning. “It’s been two days only, so I wouldn’t say I’m 100 percent,” Kuroda said. “But it went well, actually. … For me, I’m going to make that start.”
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