Nunez sustains minor wrist injury

04/13/2013 3:47 PM ET
By Joe Auriemma

Although Joe Girardi checked on Nunez after the incident, the shortstop finished out the half inning.(AP)
The injury bug struck the Yankees once again on Friday night as starting shortstop Eduardo Nunez was hit squarely on the wrist by a pitch from Miguel Gonzalez in the bottom of the second that came a little to far up and in.

Nunez, who was visibly in pain, convinced Joe Girardi and head trainer Steve Donahue to keep him in the game as he took his base. However, while warming up in the top of the third, Nunez only made one throw over to first base before exiting the game. Jayson Nix then replaced him before the inning began.

"X-Rays were negative," Girardi said. "All tests were negative, so he'll be day-to-day. He got hit on the backside of the wrist. We'll check with him and see how he is tomorrow. I don't necessarily expect him to be in there tomorrow, but if he says he's ok, he'll be in."

The freezing weather conditions undoubtedly heightened the pain and the sting after being hit on the wrist. He most likely will miss Saturday's game, but he could very well be back in the lineup soon.

The hand and wrist is a very tricky area. Getting hit by a pitch could shelve a player for a very long period of time.

"Anytime you get hit in the hand area you fear the worst," Girardi said. "There are so many little bones and so many little things that can go wrong there. But the good thing is X-Rays were negative." comments