Eduardo Nunez was supposedly feeling good again. But his strained left oblique had other ideas.
“We thought he was ready to go again and he took swings today, and I guess he’s not ready to go again,” Joe Girardi said. “He did a bunch of drills the other day and said, ‘I feel great. Let’s try it again.’ And it didn’t work.
“I think you just continue to rest and then you try it again in a little while.”
This didn’t seem like a longterm thing when it happened. But Nunez has been on the DL since May 12 and that was retroactive to May 6. This game tonight will mark the 28th he has missed while on the DL.
“It’s kind of how the year has went in a sense,” Girardi said. “We thought we’d get him back after a week of sitting him down. He wasn’t ready to go. Obliques are hard. They’re hard muscles to heal sometimes.”
Lyle Overbay is in right for the second straight game after 1,272 at first. Girardi said he wanted to give Brett Gardner a rest, so Ichiro Suzuki will move over to center. But he also said Overbay may be out in right tomorrow, too.
“I don’t think I’m necessarily thinking three or four nights a week,” Girardi said. “When you’re in a long stretch, if you’re going to run a guy out there in a long stretch, you kind of like to do it bang, bang, bang, because he’s kind of in the feel of the game.”
Andy Pettitte made it clear after his start last night he doesn’t want to cut back on his between-start throwing. Girardi indicated he doesn’t have a problem with that.
“One of the things that gives players confidence is when they feel that they are prepared,” Girardi said. “So the one thing I don’t want to stop or hinder is Andy feeling he’s prepared.”