Originally posted on Bronx Pinstripes  |  Last updated 5/11/12

The Yankees have optioned infielder-outfielder Eduardo Nunez to Scranton/Wilkes Barre a.k.a Empire State Yankees, making room for Eric Chavez on the club’s active roster. Manager Joe Girardi said the Yankees want Nunez to get back to playing mostly shortstop, with some second base mixed in.

“We talked about it and said, maybe we’re asking this kid to do too much at this time in his career,” Girardi said. “…Our thought is, this kid is going to be an everyday shortstop at some point.”

The move was made after Nunez committed two errors -one fielding, one throwing – on Thursday night against the Rays, resulting in two unearned runs. Nunez was removed in the sixth inning for defense, replaced by Jayson Nix.

In three seasons with the Yankees, Nunez has committed 25 errors in various positions on the field.

Jayson Nix will be the new backup shortstop and second baseman while Chavez can back up first and third bases.

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