The New York Yankees have placed another player on the disabled list, as the team put Eduardo Nunez on the 15-day DL Sunday. New York promoted infielder Alberto Gonzalez to the major-league team to fill Nunez's roster spot.
Nunez DL-stint is retroactive to May 6, as the infielder has been unable to play since injuring his ribs against the Oakland Athletics on May 5. Yankees manager Joe Girardi told the media that the team could not wait any longer to see when he could play again, so they are giving Nunez some more time off to heal.
Nunez had been the team's starting shortstop before suffering his injury, as Derek Jeter is currently recovering from off-season ankle surgery. The infielder struggled at the plate to start the season, hitting .200/.290/.275 over in his first 95 plate appearances.
Jayson Nix has started at shorstop for New York in Nunez's absence. Nix has swung the bat a little better than Nunez, hitting .253/.324/.319 through his first 102 plate appearances this season.
The Yankees acquired Gonzalez from the Chicago Cubs on May 9. The Cubs designated the journeyman infielder after he hit .217/.269/.371 in his first 26 plate appearances. Gonzalez is not expected to provide a big upgrade in production, but should keep the Yankees from having to play Vernon Wells at third base again.
New York moved first baseman Mark Teixeira to the 60-day DL to clear space on the 40-man roster for Gonzalez. Teixeira is expected to return to the team in June.
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