Solarte wins final roster spot, Nunez to Triple-A
Yangervis Solarte is heading to Houston. The Yankees selected the non-roster invitee as their final roster pick, optioning Eduardo Nunez to Triple-A.
“This is a dream come true,” Solarte said through an interpreter. “This is a new beginning. This is when the work actually starts.”
Joe Girardi said that Solarte “won the spot in Spring Training,” and that it was “extremely difficult” to give Nunez the news. Girardi said that Nunez was “very disappointed and upset” by the decision.
Dean Anna will be the backup to Derek Jeter, and the Yankees will look at Solarte more at second and third bases, though Girardi said that he could play Solarte at any infield position.
The Yankees need to make a 40-man roster move before Tuesday (not Sunday, as originally believed) to accommodate Solarte. That move hasn’t been announced yet.