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Eduardo Nunez suffers bruised right wrist after being hit by pitch

Eduardo Nunez grimaces while helped to the dugout

Eduardo Nunez grimaces while helped to the dugout after being hit by a pitch from Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Doug Fister during the fourth inning. (April 5, 2013) Credit: AP

Yankees infielder Eduardo Nunez left Friday night's game against the Baltimore Orioles with a right wrist contusion after being hit on the right wrist by a Miguel Gonzalez pitch in the bottom of the second inning.

He immediately doubled over in pain and grimaced, reacting to the pain for a long period of time, which prompted Joe Girardi and a trainer to examine him on the field.

After an extended period, Nunez was left in the game and walked down to first base with Girardi. He was taken out before the top of the third inning after having trouble throwing the ball to first base between innings.

The Yankees announced that X-rays were negative.

It was less than a week ago that Nunez was hit by a Doug Fister pitch in Detroit. He had to leave the game and was out for two games with a bruised bicep.

The Yankees have little depth at shortstop, as Derek Jeter is still recovering from an ankle injury and the team's top shortstop prospects are in the lower minors.

Jayson Nix has filled in at short when Nunez is unable or has been given the day off, but the only other player on the team's 40-man roster with infield experience is Corban Joseph. Joseph has never played shortstop in his minor league career and has no major league experience.

Should the Yankees look elsewhere for infield help, there are options. Utility players like Ryan Theriot remain free agents while ex-Yankee Cody Ransom was released by the Padres earlier Friday evening.

Nunez entered Friday batting .250. The athletic but error-prone infielder has just five hits, including only one for extra bases.

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