Yankees designate Eduardo Nunez for assignment

Team also places Brendan Ryan on DL, officially adds Yangervis Solarte
04/01/2014 4:59 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Eduardo Nunez has been designated for assignment by the Yankees.(AP)
The New York Yankees made a trio of roster moves ahead of Tuesday's season opener, the most shocking being the designation of infielder Eduardo Nunez for assignment.

The move cleared a 40-man roster spot for infielder Yangervis Solarte, who was officially selected and signed to a major-league contract after beating out Nunez for the Yankees' final bench spot.

To clear a spot for Solarte on the 25-man roster, the team placed infielder Brendan Ryan on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to March 22) with a cervical spine nerve injury.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi had announced Saturday that Solarte beat out Nunez for the final roster spot thanks to a strong spring; the Yankees optioned Nunez to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre shortly after that announcement, but did not have to make a move to add Solarte until this afternoon.

As for Nunez, who was expected to be the opening day shortstop in Scranton, he will have to clear waivers, where he can be claimed by any team, before the Yankees can assign him to the RailRiders.

In addition to Nunez's roster spot, Solarte will also inherit the No. 26 jersey as well. The infielder has worn that number for most of his career, and according to a Tweet from ESPN Deportes' Marly Rivera, Solarte first selected it while in the Texas Rangers organization because his first daughter was born on June 26.

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