The injury happened Sunday, but the severity was not determined until Monday afternoon. Eduardo Nunez left Sunday's game with an apparent rib cage injury. The New York Yankees' infielder has found himself playing a valuable role with Derek Jeter sidelined until after the All-Star break, so the team can ill-afford to lose him for an extended period of time.
Fortunately, Nunez's MRI came back negative. According to Matt Ehalt of ESPN New York, the Yankees sent Nunez for an MRI yesterday morning. The results revealed no structural damage, but the team has still listed Nunez as day-to-day. He hopes to play today.
Nunez was thrust into a role he has not been entirely familiar with in his career: Starting shortstop for the New York Yankees. With Jeter battling a re-fracture of his ankle, Nunez is getting even more playing time than expected. Most expected Jeter to be back already and Nunez to be relegated back to his bench role. However, he has started 27 games this season.
Nunez said he felt something in his rib cage area during the fourth inning of Sunday's game. He let manager Joe Girardi know about it, and the team decided not to take any risks. If Nunez does have to miss time, his likely replacement would be Chris Nelson - who wasn't even on the Yankees' roster a week ago.
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