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Yankees DFA Eduardo Nunez to make room for Yangervis Solarte
Eduardo Nunez has gone from being the Yankees' starting shortstop in 2013 to out of a job in 2014.
The Yankees designated Nunez for assignment on Tuesday, days after the 26-year old shortstop lost the utility infielder job to Yangervis Solarte in spring training.
Nunez played 69 games at shortstop and 14 games at third base in 2013 while Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez rehabbed injuries. He had a .267 batting average with a .313 on-base percentage in four years with the Yankees, but also committed 42 errors in that same timespan. He hit .265 with one homer and four RBIs in spring training.
Solarte, 26, made the Yankees as a non-roster invitee and will take Nunez's place on the 25-man roster. He has yet to make an appearance in a major league game, but he opened eyes in spring training with a .429 average, two home runs and a team-best nine RBIs. He has a career .286 average and .336 on-base percentage in eight seasons in the Twins and Rangers farm systems.
Solarte also brings more versatility to the Yankees than Nunez, having started games at second base, shortstop, third base and both corner outfield positions.
The Yankees also placed backup shortstop Brendan Ryan (cervical spine nerve injury) on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 22.