Nunez still limited by bruised hand

TAMPA, Fla. – Yankees infielder Eduardo Nunez continues to feel discomfort in his bruised right hand and has been instructed to cease hitting for at least two days.

Nunez was hit in the right hand on Monday by a fastball from the Phillies’ Austin Hyatt at Bright House Field, and while X-rays and a CT scan showed no fracture, Nunez has been unable to resume taking batting practice without pain.

“That’s weird because everything says it’s negative,” Nunez said. “The doctors say I’m fine, but it hurts a lot.”

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said in Fort Myers, Fla. that he would hope to have Nunez taking batting practice on Tuesday, playing in that day’s game against the Red Sox if possible.

“If it lingers beyond that I’ll become a little bit more concerned,” Girardi said.

Nunez said he expected to be seen again on Sunday by a physician. He said that the hand feels better than it did after the initial injury, but it has not progressed as quickly as hoped.

“It feels better, but it’s coming slow,” Nunez said. “(Hyatt) hit me in a tough spot. I’m worried; I want to play. I’m excited to play, I want to show that I’m ready to go.”

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