Eduardo Nunez likely to be added to DL

Yankees' Eduardo Nunez fields hit by the Atlanta

Yankees' Eduardo Nunez fields hit by the Atlanta Braves' Chris Johnson in the second inning of a pre-season game. (Feb. 22, 2013) (Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams, Jr.)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Expect yet another addition to the Yankees' ever-expanding disabled list.

Joe Girardi said as much yesterday in discussing shortstop Eduardo Nuñez, who has not played since last Sunday because of tightness in his left rib cage area.

With a doubleheader in Cleveland looming, the Yankees can't afford to continue playing one man down in the infield.

"We're going into a doubleheader Monday and we're going to need some extra infielders, we're going to need another player if he can't go," Girardi said.

Should the move take place, which would give the Yankees 11 players on the DL, Nuñez could be backdated to May 6, making him eligible to come off May 21.

There is a strong possibility infielder Alberto Gonzalez, whom the Yankees acquired from the Cubs Thursday night, will be called up from Triple-A Scranton. Gil Velazquez is another candidate.

A disappointed Nuñez seemed resigned to sitting for a bit longer.

"They don't want it to get worse," he said before last night's game. "We don't want to go backwards."

Still undecided

Girardi said he still has not determined his starting pitchers for tomorrow's doubleheader. By rule, teams are able to add a 26th player to their roster for doubleheaders and Girardi said it's all but certain the Yankees will use it for a pitcher.

Grandy by Tuesday?

Curtis Granderson played eight innings for Scranton Friday night -- and hit a home run -- and was in the lineup at designated hitter Saturday. Girardi did not rule out the possibility of Granderson being ready to rejoin the Yankees by Tuesday. "He's getting at-bats under his belt," Girardi said. "I know he's feeling better, but I don't want to put a date on it."

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