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Eduardo Nunez hit by pitch, leaves game

Shortstop day to day with bruised right bicep
04/05/2013 2:37 PM ET
By Jon Lane

Eduardo Nunez grimaces while helped to the dugout by Yankees manager Joe Girardi, left, and assistant trainer Mark Littlefield, after being hit by a pitch from Tigers starting pitcher Doug Fister.(AP)
New York Yankees shortstop Eduardo Nunez was removed from Friday's game against the Detroit Tigers after he was hit by a Doug Fister pitch with one out in the fourth inning. He was helped off the field in obvious pain, but precautionary X-rays were negative and Nunez is day to day with a bruised right bicep.

Nunez entered the game 4-for-10 on the young 2013 season with a double, run scored and a stolen base as the Yankees' everyday shortstop with Derek Jeter on the disabled list. He batted .311 (19-for-61) with two doubles, a triple and seven RBIs in Spring Training while tying Brett Gardner for the team lead in hits. He split time with the Yankees and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre last season, hitting .272 with a homer and 11 RBIs in 38 games with the big club.

The Yankees already have numerous players sidelined by injury: Jeter (ankle surgery), Alex Rodriguez (hip surgery) Curtis Granderson (broken wrist), Mark Teixeira (torn ECU sheath), Michael Pineda (Right rotator cuff tendinitis) and Cesar Cabral (left elbow surgery). Phil Hughes (bulging disc) is scheduled to make a rehab start on Saturday in Scranton. Hiroki Kuroda suffered a contusion of his right middle finger on Wednesday, but is expected to make his next start.

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