Nunez scratched from lineup vs. Red Sox

TAMPA, Fla. – Yankees infielder Eduardo Nunez felt discomfort in his right hand once again after taking batting practice and was scratched from Tuesday’s game against the Red Sox.

Nunez hasn’t played since he suffered a right hand contusion after being hit by an Austin Hyatt pitch on March 5 against the Phillies. Nunez was in manager Joe Girardi’s original lineup but was replaced at shortstop by Doug Bernier.

“We just said, ‘No, you’re still sore, let’s back off a little bit,’” Girardi said. “Because of where (the bruise is) at, you expect it to be somewhat sore. You expect it to go away, but sometimes things just take time.”

Girardi said that he would consult with head athletic trainer Steve Donohue, but he expected to try to play Nunez again in a couple of days.

“I think we’re dealing with a bruise,” Girardi said. “When you hit, you’ve got to have that snap. That’s where he got hit and that’s where it affects him. I don’t think long-term we’re going to miss him for a lot of time, but I’d like to get him back.”

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