Derek Jeter may not return to the New York Yankees until next month.
His replacement at shortstop, Eduardo Nunez, joined the team's long list of banged-up players after being hit by a pitch and is day to day.
''I was scared it was broken,'' Nunez said after Detroit beat New York 8-3 Friday. ''The pain hurt a lot.''
Yankees manager Joe Girardi doesn't expect Nunez to play Saturday at Detroit, but is relieved the injury isn't as serious as it seemed when it happened.
''They did X-rays and those were negative, so that's good news,'' he said.
Phil Hughes, meanwhile, is coming back to pitch for the Yankees sooner than expected. Hughes, who has been out with back pain, was expected to start Saturday for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre as of Friday morning. Later in the day, Hughes had his start shifted to Comerica Park for the second game of the Tigers series.
In the opener against the Tigers, Nunez was hit by a pitch from Doug Fister in the fourth inning Friday, screamed in pain, gr...