Tag:Eduardo Nunez
Posted on: June 13, 2011 7:20 pm
Edited on: June 13, 2011 11:45 pm
 

Jeter Watch: Leaves game after hit No. 2,994

Derek Jeter

By C. Trent Rosecrans
 

Derek Jeter has left the Yankees' game against the Indians after flying out in the fifth inning. Jeter seemed to limp as he ran to first and was immediately left the team's dugout to be examined by trainers. He was replaced by Eduardo Nunez in the top of the sixth. The Yankees announced he left the game and has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 strain, the lowest level of strain. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said, "Yeah, I'm worried about it." CBSSports.com senior writer Danny Knobler was at the game and has more from Yankee Stadium here. Jeter led off the bottom of the first Monday with a sharp single to left off Indians starter Carlos Carrasco, giving him a total of 2,994 hits for his career. Jeter needs six more hits to get to 3,000. The team finishes its series against Cleveland tonight before starting a three-game series with the Rangers at Yankee Stadium.

MONDAY: 1 for 3.

HITS TO GO: 6

ALL-TIME LIST: Jeter will stand at 28th until he ties Roberto Clemente at 3,000.

NEXT UP: Girardi said he doesn't expect Jeter to play on Tuesday against the Rangers. If he does play, Jeter has had more success against Rangers starter Alexi Ogando than most, with two hits in five at-bats plus a walk in just six overall plate appearances against Texas' reliever-turned-starter. Both of Jeter's hits against the right-hander are single, but there's no shame in that, as hitters are slugging just .288 off Ogando and hitting .188. Jeter singled and walked in two plate appearances against Ogando in last year's playoffs and singled in three plate appearances on April 17 of this season.

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Posted on: May 19, 2011 12:11 am
Edited on: May 19, 2011 1:35 am
 

Umpire too quick to eject Gonzalez

Chris Dickerson

By C. Trent Rosecrans


This is not to diminish what happened to Chris Dickerson -- it was scary and I surely hope Dickerson is OK -- but the story to me is how home plate umpire Dan Bellino overreacted and tossed pitcher Mike Gonzalez.

Gonzalez had just given up the lead on a two-run double by Robinson Cano and then a 93 mph fastball got away from Gonzalez and hit Dickerson in what appeared to be the helmet. The ball reportedly cracked the helmet and was taken to a Baltimore hospital to be examined.

Dickerson had a welt on his left temple and was replaced by pinch runner A.J. Burnett, but the Orioles had to get another pitcher up and use Jeremy Guthrie -- Thursday's scheduled starter -- to clean up the mess. He allowed a sacrifice fly and then got two more outs to end the inning with the Yankees leading 4-1 in the 15th inning.

There was no reason to toss Gonzalez. The former Pirates closer was held out of the game until the 15th inning for a reason -- he's been horrible this season, allowing 19 hits in 12 2/3 innings and has an ERA of 8.53. Gonzalez later told reporters he'd tried to throw the ball low and away and it got away from him. With a runner on third in an extra-inning game and no outs, there was no reason for him to try to throw at Dickerson, who just came up from the minor leagues on Tuesday. Bellino just saw a batter on the ground and perhaps a scary injury and tossed the pitcher without giving proper thought.

"It was kind of shocking," Gonzalez told the New York Times. "I hit him, and obviously I get thrown out. I was more worried about how he was doing down there. You see a player go down like that, obviously in the head area, I really wasn't sure if he threw me out. First of all, I didn't understand why, and second of all, Dickerson's down there on the ground. That's the last thing you want to see."

Gonzalez said he didn't argue because he didn't think that would be right with Dickerson on the ground -- a classy move on his part.

Bellino wouldn't talk to the Times reporter, but crew chief Brian Gorman said Bellino tossed Gonzalez because he thought it was intentional -- a conclussion with no supporting evidence other than the body. 

Orioles manager Buck Showalter was not happy, according to MASNsports.com's Roch Kubatko: "First of all, you take a deep breath. Regardless of what decision that umpire makes, a young umpire just starting out in the major leagues, you've got a guy laying on the ground and you don't know how seriously he's hurt, and I have a lot of concerns for that. I'm not going to go out there and vehemently argue while a guy's laying on the ground, potentially a real tough situation physically."

In the interesting subplot that seems to come up in these extra-long games, the Yankees were forced to shuffle their lineup more to make up for the loss of Dickerson. Eduardo Nunez moved from shortstop to right field and Derek Jeter to abandoned the designated hitter to play shortstop. 

Meanwhile, Showalter said he may start Brad Bergesen to start Thursday night against the Yankees. Baltimore was rained out on Tuesday, giving Showalter some flexibility with his rotation.

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Posted on: May 6, 2011 1:42 am
 

3 up, 3 down: Boesch likes the 3 hole

Brennan Boesch
By C. Trent Rosecrans


Brennan Boesch, Tigers -- Detroit managed just four hits in its 6-3 victory over the Yankees, and Boesch had two of them. Boesch had an RBI single, a solo home run and a sacrifice fly, finishing with three RBI. Boesch is 4 for 7 in two games as the Tigers' third batter in the lineup.

Lance Berkman, Cardinals -- Has anyone ever been awarded the Comeback Player of the Year Award in the first week of May? Because Berkman may have already clinched it. His 10th home run of the season provided the Cardinals' the winning margin in their 6-3 victory over the Marlins and Josh Johnson. Berkman added a sacrifice fly for his big-league best 32nd RBI.

David Price, Rays -- The left-hander struck out seven of the first 13 batters he faced on Thursday and 10 overall. Price held the Blue Jays to just four hits before being pulled with an out to go in Tampa Bay's 3-1 victory over Toronto. Price had thrown 118 pitches when Joe Maddon brought in Kyle Farnsworth to face Yunel Escobar, who singled. Farnsworth got Adam Lind to finish the game.


Eduardo Nunez, Yankees -- For as many of us who have blasted Derek Jeter's defense, Nunez has been a disaster when he gets to play. At least Jeter makes the play when a ball is hit right at him, Nunez hasn't been able to do that. He made two throwing errors on Thursday, raising his season total to five in just 13 chances at shortstop this season.

Chris Tillman, Orioles -- The Orioles starter gave up four runs in the first, one in the second and three more in the fourth against the Royals. The Royals managed just two hits off relievers Josh Rupe and Clay Rapada in the 4 1/3 innings after Tillman was yanked, but the damage was done. Tillman gave up 10 hits and eight runs in 3 2/3 innings.

John Lannan, Nationals -- Coming in to Thursday's game with the Phillies, every Nationals starter this season had gone at least five innings -- and you know by the "coming into Thursday's game" part what's coming next… until today. Lannan lasted just two innings against the Phillies, allowing seven hits and six runs, while walking one and hitting another. That's a rough start anytime, but it's a death sentance against Roy Halladay.

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Posted on: April 29, 2011 1:26 am
 

3 up, 3 down: Zobrist knocks in 10

Ben Zobrist
By C. Trent Rosecrans

3UP

Ben Zobrist, Rays -- Zobrist had 10 RBI on Thursday, eight in the first game of the doubleheader and two more in the nightcap in a sweep of the Twins. Zobrist was 4 for 6 with two doubles and a homer in the first game, and was 3 for 4 with a two-run homer in the second.

Brian Vogelsong, Giants -- The right-hander won his first game since Sept. 14, 2005. The 33-year-old made his first big league start since 2004. He spent some time in Japan before coming back to the U.S. last year, when he pitched in the Phillies and Dodgers systems before signing a minor-league contract this spring. He made two relief appearances in the last two weeks before pitching in Barry Zito's spot in the rotation, where he allowed just two runs on four hits while striking out eight in 5 2/3 innings against his old team, the Pirates.

Lance Berkman, Cardinals -- Against his old team, Berkman hit a three-run homer from the right side of the plate and an RBI single from the left side -- in the sixth inning alone. He added a solo homer (from the left side) in the ninth inning, going 4 for 5 with two homers on the night. 

3DOWN

Royals pitching -- Kansas City starter Kyle Davies gave up four home runs to the Indians on Thursday, making it 17 homers surrendered by Royals pitchers in the six-game road trip through Texas and Cleveland.

Ryan Dempster, Cubs -- The best thing you can say about Dempster's outing on Thursday was it didn't last long. Dempster lasted just one out, but gave up seven runs on four hits, four walks and a hit batter before he was yanked. The big blow was Stephen Drew's grand slam.

Eduardo Nunez, Yankees -- Derek Jeter certainly has his critics when it comes to his defense, but those complaints are usually about his range. Nunez got the start at shortstop for the Yankees on Thursday and bobbled the first play of the game, letting Brent Lillibridge reach on an error. He added a throwing error in the seventh inning.

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Posted on: October 22, 2010 11:14 am
 

Yankees view Nunez as heir apparent to Jeter?

Eduardo Nunez Do the Yankees have their heir apparent to Derek Jeter in the system already?

SI.com's Jon Heyman reveals that the Braves inquired about shortstop Eduardo Nunez to the Yankees, but were rebuffed. New York also refused to include Nunez in a trade for Cliff Lee and had they done so, may have been able to defeat the Rangers in the Cliff Lee sweepstakes and presumably hold the advantage in the ALCS instead of being down three games to two.

Why? Heyman says New York may view Nunez as Jeter's eventual replacement "in a year or two."

Nunez actually made his big-league debut in 2010 as a 23-year-old and appeared at the plate 53 times, batting .280/.321/.360. Down on the farm, Nunez played for Triple-A and collected a .289/.340/.381 mark in 506 PA with four home runs and 25 stolen bases. He is also the injury replacement for Mark Teixeira, meaning he's currently on the bench for New York in the ALCS.

While Nunez has a good reputation as a defender, it's quite a stretch to label him as Jeter's heir apparent when he will enter 2011 as a 24-year-old with no power (and no latent power, it appears) and who best profiles as a utilityman.

That said, the fact the Yankees refused to include Nunez in the Cliff Lee deal and also rebuffed the Braves tells you just how much New York values the righty, so keep an eye on the kid -- he may just end up replacing No. 2.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 21, 2010 4:11 pm
Edited on: August 21, 2010 4:49 pm
 

Alex Rodriguez hits disabled list

Eduardo Nunez The Yankees will be without cleanup hitter Alex Rodriguez beyond the weekend, manager Joe Girardi revealed as Rodriguez hit the disabled list Saturday.

A-Rod originally returned from a three-game absence due to a strained left calf on Friday night, but left the game after one at-bat. He ended up re-aggravating the calf on a second-inning groundout. Now, he will miss 15 days with the injury.

The original plan had Rodriguez out for the weekend's series against the Mariners and perhaps longer, as Girardi saiid the third baseman could miss the next series with the Blue Jays. The reason for holding A-Rod out of the Jays series was to keep him off the artificial turf, although Girardi mused about having the slugger DH.

No longer. With Rodriguez on the DL, the club recalled Ivan Nova from Triple-A. Nova is expected to start Monday and then move to the bullpen. The third-base gig will be split between Ramiro Pena and Eduardo Nunez in Rodriguez' absence.

Despite re-aggravating his strained calf, Girardi doesn't think Rodriguez was rushed back into the lineup.

"I didn't think that we weren't being cautious before," Girardi told MLB.com. "His batting-practice sessions -- he went at it pretty hard those two days in the cage and said he felt tremendous. He felt explosion and everything."

Rodriguez admitted that this was his first calf injury, and he's not sure how to handle it.

"It's hard to gauge what you can play through," he said.

Not as if the team is missing A-Rod. Eduardo Nunez made his first career start at third base Saturday, helping the Yankees take down the Mariners for an 11-1 record with A-Rod out of the lineup.

Primarily a shortstop in his career, the 23-year-old was called up to provide bench depth with Rodriguez' injuries.

"He's always been a kid with big tools, and sometimes you've got to wait on the tools," general manager Brian Cashman said. "The last two years, he's kind of put it all together. ... He's earned the right to be in the big leagues."

In 506 plate appearances for Triple-A, Nunez is hitting .289/.340/.381 with 23 stolen bases. Prior to the 2010 season, he was ranked by Baseball America as having the best infield arm in the system. His future is likely as a bench player, although his emerging bat may place him in the conversation to be a starter, perhaps as Jeter's eventual successor at short.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: July 19, 2010 1:21 pm
Edited on: July 19, 2010 4:16 pm
 

Trade deadline buyer: New York Yankees

As the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline looms, the CBS Facts & Rumors team will look at the biggest players leading up to the deadline. This week we'll look at the teams who will be talked about the most; next week will be the players who might be moved.

Every transaction talk, be it trades or free agents, seems to start with the Yankees and this time is no different.

Brian Cashman Record: 58-33, three games ahead of the Rays and 6 1/2 in front of the Red Sox.
GM: Brian Cashman
Expectations: Anything short of another World Series title is failure, plain and simple.
Payroll status: Not that it matters, the Yankees had an opening day payroll of more than $213 million and already have more than $144 million on the books for 2011.

What they need

Starting pitcher: With Andy Pettitte on the disabled list and A.J. Burnett's recent hissy fit, the Yankees suddenly look to need at least one starter. Until now, the opening day rotation of CC Sabathia, Pettitte, Burnett, Javier Vazquez and Phil Hughes had started all but two of their games. That could be matched this week alone. The team may also be wary of letting Hughes' innings add up through a pennant race and the playoffs. Sergio Mitre is scheduled to start in Pettitte's place, but until now, he's been more successful as a reliever than a starter.

Bullpen help: Starting pitching isn't the only pitching concern the Yankees have as Joba Chamberlain's days as the bridge to Mariano Rivera may be numbered, and it's not as if Chan Ho Park is going to step up and replace him.

Damaso Marte was placed on the disabled list this weekend with Boone Logan called up as the team's only left-handed reliever.

Big bat: Marcus Thames has been better than expected as the Yankees designated hitter, hitting .287/.396/.437 with three homers and 13 RBI in 87 at-bats, but he's hardly a difference-maker. This spot -- especially if Jorge Posada is healthy enough not to need a DH safety net -- could be upgraded, especially if that upgrade could be a spot starter in the outfield.

Bench help: After the regulars, the Yankees feature the likes of Ramiro Pena and Colin Curtis. The team could certainly upgrade its depth in both the infield and the outfield.

Who may fit

Ted Lilly Starting pitcher: Cliff Lee would have been a great fit, but he's gone. Lee was the marquee name available and there's a decided step down after the newest Texas Ranger. Other starters out there are Ted Lilly, Jake Westbrook, Brett Myers, Roy Oswalt, Dan Haren and maybe even someone like Brian Bannister.

Reliever: There are stop-gap attempts like David Aardsma and Leo Nunez, or the Yankees could go for the kill with someone like Royals closer Joakim Soria. Soria is under club control until 2014, so it would take more than just cash, but also top-flight prospects to get the Royals closer and team him with Rivera to make a formidable back of the bullpen.

Other, less expensive, fits could be either of the Blue Jays pair of relievers, Scott Downs or Jason Frasor.

Bat: Again, going for the kill would be Adam Dunn. Dunn in new Yankee Stadium would be a marriage made in heaven. Dunn doesn't want to DH and he doesn't really have any other value, but he would flourish both in the American League and in pinstripes. Still, the Yankees may not want to give up too much for a player they can just buy in the offseason.

If the Yankees can find a top-end starter, they could send Vazquez to Philadelphia for Jayson Werth. David DeJesus would upgrade the outfield, as well.

Bench help:
Wes Helms and Ty Wigginton are corner possibilities and Wigginton can play second, as well. Xavier Nady and Austin Kearns are possible outfield bats that may not be big, but could work for the Yankees.

Trade chips

Jesus Montero Catching prospect Jesus Montero was reportedly only available for Lee, however the almighty dollar is always available. Any team looking to clear cash off the bottom line will talk to the Yankees, who could send middling prospects loaded up with money sacks to any team that's interested. And there are always teams interested in that kind of prospect.

Right-hander Zach McAllister is 7-6 with a 4.82 ERA in 18 starts at Triple-A. He doesn't have dominant stuff, but has good control and projects as a back of the rotation-type pitcher.

Right-hander Ivan Nova, 23, has better stats than McAllister (7-2, 3.21, 78 strikeouts in 103 2/3 innings) and has an impressive fastball. Nova has impressive talent, but has also struggled with consistency as a pro. This season is his best yet, and there's a question as to whether he's reached his ceiling. Still, he's got enough talent to be intriguing to other teams.

Mark Melancon has long been bantered about as the replacement for Rivera when Mo decides to turn his sights to Cooperstown, but Melancon has yet to live up to that hype. He could be one of those players that need a change in scenery to live up to his potential, and there's enough potential for other teams to take a chance on him.

Other possibilities include SS Eduardo Nunez and 2B David Adams, who was one of the other guys mentioned in the Lee trade.

Predictions: The Yankees will add a reliever and a starter -- possibly Lilly and the lefty Downs. Other than that, the team may think it doesn't have to do too much to keep ahead of the Rays and Red Sox.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 9, 2010 12:20 pm
Edited on: June 9, 2010 5:57 pm
 

Yankees to pursue Lee?

According to the New York Post's George King , the Mariners are expecting the Yankees to be among the bidders if they shop left-hander Cliff Lee before the deadline.

Lee was traded to Seattle in the offseason and is in the final year of his contract. The Mariners hoped to contend and convince Lee to sign long-term, but with their season in the ditch they will almost certainly opt to cash him in. Lee is making $9 million this season.

A source told King the Mariners have been scouting the Yankees' minor league system extensively and will ask for shortstop Eduardo Nunez and a catcher.

-- David Andriesen

UPDATE: The New York Daily News says the Yankees are not interested in adding a starter, according to a team source.

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